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Hey, You Never Know: Dealing with Uncertainty in Mi’kma’ki

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Jacob Gerardi.

Author’s Note: Throughout this blog post, I will be referring to locations I visited throughout “Nova Scotia” using their Indigenous, Mi’kmaq place names. These place names were used for centuries, if not millennia, prior to the colonization of the area, so it is more fitting to use them due to the purpose of my visit to “Nova Scotia”. Next to the correct, Mi’kmaq place names will appear their English, colonized equivalent in parenthesis.

A canceled flight, a delayed flight. A canceled ceremony in Kejimkujik national park, a powwow missed at Gold River. A bus waited for for three hours in the cold outside the Wagmatcook Reserve gas bar, a category two hurricane and the power outages that accompanied it. As the phrase goes, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Thus initially seemed to go my visit to […]

By |October 18th, 2019|Gappers in the Field|

Pre-Departure: Reconstruction and Regrowth

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Jacob Gerardi.

I have to admit it: I’m a huge fan of cheesy, totally cliché and horrible young adult romance novels. The academic part of me says that they are silly and unrealistic, that things never work in such an idealistic fashion. I know it is true, yet again and again I find myself returning to these same teenage-brain tickling tropes. There is something deeply settling in the fact that the stories usually end well, a neat bow tied on top of a package of purely farcical plot. Their neatness appeals to the sense of organization I’ve had steeped into me.

Every day of high school, I’d write down all of my homework and my personal objectives as well, things as basic as “floss twice tonight” or as weighty as “finish UNC application”. My fellow gappers, many passionate in their love […]