The following post was written by Gap Year Fellow Janis Arrojado.

I’ve put a lot of thought into the song that will play when my plane touches down in Ecuador. It’s my first time traveling alone, and I know that I will need the boost of courage and inspiration that music gives me. After listening to various artists and albums, I have concluded that “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield will be my landing anthem. It’s upbeat and gives me feelings of confidence and motivation, which are two things I’ll definitely need as I begin my gap year.

Growing up, I never had the plan to take a gap year. I thought that after high school I would go straight to college and then find a job. However, this linear thinking changed when the time for college decisions came. I stressed about choosing where I wanted to go to college, what I wanted to study, […]