Blog #3 — September 2020 — Daily Life

By Elena Villamagna (Sept. 21, 2020) The lesson I am supposed to learn this year is to LET GO. I made the perfect plan, everything was in place. I was getting ready for a two-month trip, through the organization WWOOF, to a farm in Taos, New Mexico where I would learn all about herbs andContinue reading “Blog #3 — September 2020 — Daily Life”

Blog #2 – Goals- 3 main goals for this upcoming gap year

By MJ (Mariajose) Ladera (August Blog) In this blog, I will go over 3 goals that I would like to accomplish by the end of my gap year. In no specific order: 1) Learn/become proficient in a third language a) Last year, I spent 5 weeks in Portugal taking Portuguese classes at the University ofContinue reading “Blog #2 – Goals- 3 main goals for this upcoming gap year”

Blog #2 — August 2020 — Goals

By Elena Villamagna Honestly, I have big hopes for this year and what I will experience. The idea that I am centering my gap year around is female empowerment/feminine energy, which can take shape in many different forms. With that being the center, I have four many branches (or goals) that I want to workContinue reading “Blog #2 — August 2020 — Goals”

Fatima Verona (June 16, 2020): Tips for the incoming Gappies (haha, don’t hate me, and please read)–Gap Year Blog #11

1. Flexibility is a good thing. Take this from someone who’s gap year was interrupted by a worldwide pandemic. I don’t mean this haughtily or selfishly, however. The occurrences I have been through for the past 127 days were a harsh, yet necessary, reminder that things will seldom go as planned. Thankfully, I have notContinue reading “Fatima Verona (June 16, 2020): Tips for the incoming Gappies (haha, don’t hate me, and please read)–Gap Year Blog #11”

Lauren Thornberg (August 2, 2019): Critical Language Scholarship — This is the Busiest I’ve Ever Been (Yes, In My Whole Life), But That’s Actually a Good Thing

(Quick disclaimer before I begin: this blog contains only the opinions of me, the author, and does not represent the views of the U.S. Department of State, American Councils for International Education, the Critical Language Scholarship, Shaanxi Normal University, or Florida State University). Wow. It’s August 2nd. Remember when I made a post on JuneContinue reading “Lauren Thornberg (August 2, 2019): Critical Language Scholarship — This is the Busiest I’ve Ever Been (Yes, In My Whole Life), But That’s Actually a Good Thing”

Lauren Thornberg (June 13, 2019): Repurposing My Blog — Time For CLS!

Hello again! Long time no see. Although my time as an au pair has ended, my time in China has not! In March, I was given the wonderful news that I was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to increase the number of students studying whatContinue reading “Lauren Thornberg (June 13, 2019): Repurposing My Blog — Time For CLS!”

Lauren Thornberg (June 1, 2018): 六个月

Well, it’s all over. On May 12, I arrived home at the Philadelphia International Airport, and touched down on American soil. The past year of my life, the good and the bad, is all coming to an end now, and as I reflect upon it, I notice that reality differed from my expectations of aContinue reading “Lauren Thornberg (June 1, 2018): 六个月”

Lauren Thornberg (May 2, 2018): 我给你的建议

So, you want to take a gap year. Who wouldn’t? A year away from the pressure of school, devoted entirely to something of your choosing. But here’s the problem: the world is full of so many cool things to do, and you have no idea what you want to do. You’re afraid of choosing the wrong focus,Continue reading “Lauren Thornberg (May 2, 2018): 我给你的建议”