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My Shibuya Crossing Epiphany

The following post was written by Gap Year Fellow Viktoria Alston.

Shibuya Crossing is considered the busiest crosswalk in the world. Thousands of people cross the intersection every day. Uniformed children giggle together as they walk to school; stern businessmen rush by as they bark into their phones; starry-eyed tourists stumble, lost in the bustle and wonder of Tokyo. It’s easy to view everyone as one amorphous blob. After all, in life there’s you, everyone you know, and everyone else.

As I stood at Shibuya Crossing amongst hundreds of other people waiting for the pedestrian crossing signal, I felt invisible. All around me were strangers whom I would never know or interact with. They each had their own thoughts, fears, and ambitions; their life stories locked within them. Despite thinking of myself as an individual, to every single person in the crowd, I was just another one of the thousands […]

Taking Responsibility

The following post was written by Gap Year Fellow Viktoria Alston.

Traveling alone is a liberating experience. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Peru, I was responsible for myself and only myself. I was completely alone for the first time and in a foreign country where I only had a basic grasp of the culture and language.

On my own, I quickly recognized that every action has a direct consequence. Sometimes my choices resulted in awesome experiences, like standing at the top of Torre Mirador. Other times, my choices resulted in less-than-ideal circumstances, like being kicked off a bus at 3 a.m. in a rough area of Quito because I slept through my stop. During my travels, I came to truly understand the meaning of the word “responsibility.”

As great as traveling is, nothing can beat being home.

I’ve been home for the holidays for the past couple […]

By |January 19th, 2018|Gappers in the Field|

If You’re Going on a Gap Year, Don’t Forget This

The following post was written by Gap Year Fellow Viktoria Alston.

The three essential things everyone needs for their gap year (besides their passport) are as follows: a towel, an adaptor, and a phrase book. These items can often be overlooked as you focus on the bigger aspects of your year ahead – the travel, the food, the experiences to come – but remembering these three items will make your life on the road a hell of a lot easier.

A towel
Imagine this, you finally arrive at your hostel after an 18-hour bus ride. You’re covered in sweat, vomit, and a thick layer of dirt and desperation. You check in at the front desk and trudge to your dorm, looking forward to a nice hot shower. You turn the water on. It’s cold. You wait for it to warm up. It doesn’t. You sigh and brace yourself for the cold stream […]

By |October 16th, 2017|Gappers in the Field|

Born to Adventure

The following post was written by Gap Year Fellow Viktoria Alston.

If you asked six-year-old me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I’d say, “an adventurer.” Then you’d laugh, pat me on the head, and assume I’d figure out a “real” career when I was older.

As I grew older, I realized that “adventurer” isn’t something you can put on a resumé. It’s not a job you can apply for, and you sure as heck aren’t going to get paid for it (little did I know). You might figure I should drop that dream, right? Well, here I am preparing to take a fully-funded gap year abroad.

I came into the two-week Global Gap Year Institute completely unprepared. I knew I wanted to go to Peru, but I didn’t know why I was going, what I wanted to do, or how I was supposed to stretch $7,500 over one […]