The Campus Y is committed to recognizing and integrating the important work of our Global Gap Year Fellows in the UNC campus community. We strive to enrich their experiences at UNC by encouraging Fellows to collaborate with campus organizations and by fostering opportunities for reflection on and evaluation of their gap year abroad.
When Fellows return to UNC, they continue to develop the interests and skills that they gained abroad in their coursework. In addition, the Campus Y offers unique resources for returning Global Gap Year Fellows. The GGYF Program Coordinator provides mentoring and advising, and connects Fellows with faculty advisors in their field of interest.
During their first semester, Fellows attend a weekend-long retreat. This retreat brings together the gap year cohort with a few senior Fellows to reflect and process, and build a new peer group based on this shared experience. This retreat also explores how returning Fellows can integrate their experiences abroad into their academic and extra-academic plans at UNC. The Campus Y also hosts a “welcome back” dinner during the fall, another example of the re-entry activities that occur during the Fellow’s first semester back on the UNC campus.