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Life Begins At The End Of My Comfort Zone

The following blog post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow, Nancy Alvarez Lopez.

Never-ending boring routine. That has been my life for the past 18 years. Growing up in a small rural town my life has been uneventful. Go to school, go to work, go home. Consumed by a routine that made me unhappy and unmotivated. I often found myself thinking, “what if…” “if only…” these two phrases were always on my mind. “What if I just completely went off-grid and started a new life, a whole new world.” The thought made my heart flutter. My eyes became smaller as I unconsciously was smiling from ear to ear. Back then, the idea was impossible. Now, in just a few days, I’ll be doing just that.

When I heard I received the Global Gap Year Fellowship, I was in disbelief. I had never thought about taking a gap year. In […]

By |September 2nd, 2021|Pre-departure|

Self-Reflection Before a Year of Transformation

The following blog post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow, John Swinea.

Throughout high school, I always felt like I was doing everything for anyone but myself. Striving to get good grades, trying to stay involved with my extracurriculars and friends, while worrying about things out of my control. When I was completing my college applications, the thought of a gap year had not crossed my mind a single time. Finding the Global Gap Year Fellowship Application within the UNC-Chapel Hill application felt like a breath of fresh air. The opportunities I was able to apply for gave me hope for the possibility of travel and new experiences. When I received my acceptance to the University, as well as being a finalist for the Global Gap Year Fellowship, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. I have enjoyed every step of the GGYF process, and my […]

By |August 29th, 2021|Pre-departure|

The Story Without A Protagonist

The following blog post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow, Sitao Lin.

  My life is like a fairy tale, a poorly written one where the plot isn’t clear but at least there are tons of feelings and tension so thick that even Excalibur couldn’t cut through. The main character of my life is supposed to be me but most of the time I feel like the cliche best friend character whose only purpose is to be the shoulder to cry on or to offer somewhat helpful advice. I wasn’t the type of kid to take risks, to go to parties and have fun and make friends with everyone I met. I was the student who followed rules, the teacher’s pet, the try-hard, and the kid that everyone would ask for answers and then turn around and judge. But it wasn’t my desire to try in school, I was […]

By |August 29th, 2021|Pre-departure|

High School Graduation to A Gap Year, Different Right?

The following blog post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Ayanna Phillips.

I had mixed emotions upon first glance at the Global Gap Year Fellowship opportunity on Chapel Hill applications. I didn’t know whether the option was something I wanted to partake in. I knew that taking one would be different than most and I had to really consider whether this was a turn I wanted to take. After some thought, I decided to apply for it nevertheless. Particularly due to the fact that the last two-three years of high school (Merancas Middle College High School) came with a lot of stress with preparing for and completing college applications, taking high school and college courses, working, etc. To add to the stress, COVID-19 became the main issue as cases hit an all-time high in North Carolina. Simultaneously causing a period of quarantine and changes in my senior year which […]

By |August 27th, 2021|Pre-departure|

Overcoming My Peter Pan Syndrome Through A Gap Year

The following blog post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow, Violet Child-Lanning.

The typical sufferer of Peter Pan Syndrome is described on the teletherapy platform Betterhelp as “someone…who does not want to enter adult life.” I consider myself incredibly lucky in life, and have had a magical childhood that stretched on much longer than most. I can now see that as the end of that childhood neared, I contracted a serious case of Peter Pan Syndrome.

Like many people in the height of COVID, I was plagued frequently with feelings of being stuck, stressed, bored, etc. But as I sat in my house for hours and months, the thing that troubled me most was finally realizing my childhood was ending. My relationships were changing. Nothing was as simple or exciting or fun as it once had been. I was terrified of slipping from the mystical forest of gnomes and fairies […]

By |August 25th, 2021|Pre-departure|

Finding Peace

The following blog post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow, McCarty Hudson.

While in high school, I would often find myself at this beautiful, secluded spot by the lake. A two and a half mile run from my house, the sandy beach I would sit on after a long day of school was just barely wide enough for me to stretch my legs out with my feet in the chilly water. The lake was my peace amid chaos. When I would get up and turn around to start the run back home, I would face the tests and assignments that seemed to loom in the trees.

I’m not totally burned out from school. I actually love school. I love learning, connecting with others, asking questions, testing theories, and finding solutions. But being so engaged day after day does take a toll. I found myself eagerly running to that spot by […]

By |August 25th, 2021|Pre-departure|

All or Nothing

The following blog post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow, Emma Lovelace.

When I dreamt about my life after high school, I knew I needed a big change. I was tired, burnt-out, and desperately needed a break from the monotonous workload and lifestyle during my senior year. Most weeks included procrastinating the majority of my work until the end of the week and then attending a local coffee shop in my hometown, Forest City, and not leaving until I was done. I was tired of moments of relief followed by loads of school work that felt impossible to accomplish. I have always been a high achiever and have been questioned about what motivates me. I never had an answer for this because in my eyes, it just had to be done. I knew school was what I was good at, so I made it my mission to excel. Even […]

By |August 16th, 2021|Pre-departure|

Finding Solutions for Problems, and Moving On

The following post was written by Bridge Year Fellow, Tushar Varma.

Over six months have passed since I began my bridge year. August seems like a distant memory, and I suppose that I want to keep all of the past year that way.

I was anchored to home for the first half of this year-long experience—partly due to some decisions I had made the semester before regarding living arrangements, and partly due to the restrictions imposed by the disappointing spread of the pandemic in our country. So, I decided to stay in a house with two friends in Carrboro, North Carolina, from the summer to Thanksgiving break, when I returned home for the holidays before a monthlong retreat to Blowing Rock. Now, as I sit on a sizeable bed in the small Airbnb I found in Hilo, the constant chirping of birds, dripping of rain, and aroma of bananas create a […]

By |February 22nd, 2021|Gappers in the Field|