The following post was written by Bridge Year Fellow Owen Conley.

“But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice, which you slowly began to recognize as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only you could do – determined to save the only life you could save.” – Mary Oliver, The Journey

When I first found out that I had been accepted to the Global Gap Year Fellowship, I was ecstatic. For the first time in a long time I felt as if I could breathe. I started to realize that I had put my monetary and academic success before all else for so long that I had forgotten why I was even running. So, for a moment, I stopped running. […]