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The Night Is Young

The following post was written by Bridge Year Fellow Amena Saad.

I’ve been in Cairo and away from Cape Town, my first “home away from home,” for just shy of two weeks now. Life is MOVING. Everything is happening so fast. This blog post is my attempt at unpacking what was an incredibly formative, fulfilling and intense first leg of my gap year experience; wish me luck!

Cape Town was, simply put, a dream. During my first weekend there, I spontaneously joined a fellow intern and a few of her friends on a road trip to the West Coast National Park. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of absolute serenity as we sat atop a massive boulder towards the end of our afternoon, munching on clementines and laughing like we’d known each other for years. My biggest pre-gap year concern was a fear of loneliness, and there were several moments on […]

By |December 13th, 2018|Gappers in the Field|

Pre-Departure: Right on Time

The following post was written by Bridge Year Fellow Amena Saad.

This world is so big. It’s so much bigger than the basement of Carroll Hall or the third floor of the Y, far more expansive than the top of Lenoir during lunchtime rush-hour or a cramped Davis study room in the midst of finals season. But alas, I forget. We all do. Although I am incredibly privileged to be a member of Carolina’s student body, I also recognize how easy it is to get wrapped up in a bubble that ends at the borders of this town.

My college experience hasn’t been wholly consistent. I spent mornings stressing about assignments and diminutive GPA fluctuations, and afternoons sprawled in the grass in front of Wilson library, gorging on Med Deli with my people. I skipped meetings to study and skipped study sessions to curl up on a friend’s futon and laugh […]

By |September 4th, 2018|Pre-departure|