Blog #4 – Meaningful interaction or event

Written by MJ Ladera on 11/24/2020 Over the past month, one of the places I have volunteered at is the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. At this location, the inside is organized in a manner to look and feel like a small supermarket filled with donated goods.  For someone who is food insecure, to beContinue reading “Blog #4 – Meaningful interaction or event”

Blog #3- Day to Day life during a pandemic

Written by MJ Ladera on 10/31/2020 My daily routine for September varied throughout the month. From September 1st to the 12th, I drove to Kansas City, Kansas, where I was going to stay with my aunt and her family. During the weekdays, I volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It is a Goodwill typeContinue reading “Blog #3- Day to Day life during a pandemic”

Blog #4 – October 2020 – Waimanu

By no means am I an experienced hiker. And this trail was a beast: 8 miles long (16 round trip) and 7000 feet in elevation. Steep ups and downs over a huge mountain. And then a mile of really tough switchbacks descending into Waimanu Valley. Six other people and I started the journey on FridayContinue reading “Blog #4 – October 2020 – Waimanu”

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”