In high school I tended to be the kid who never really took things seriously. I would always show up late to classes, never really put in a lot of effort into my work, etc. But when senior year rolled around and it seemed like all my peers knew what they were doing after high school, I seemed to have no idea. I knew I wasn’t quite ready for college, but I didn’t just want to take a year off to sit around at home all day.
One day my mom suggested to me that I look into the gap year program Dynamy. I read a little bit about it and I kind of thought “this sounds interesting, but I’m not sure if it’s for me.” I talked to my mom about it and she said I should at least go up there to visit and see what it was all about. We went up there in the spring and took a tour with some other kids (including one who went on to be my roommate/best friend), and after talking with the staff and going around to see the facilities, I fell in love with the place and realized this is where I wanted to go after my senior year finished up.
It turned out to be a great decision! I learned so much about myself and the world around me, I met so many great people (including peers, bosses, and co-workers), and I hope to have these relationships and connections for a longtime to come, maybe even a lifetime for some. After the Dynamy experience I’m no longer the kid who doesn’t know what he wants to do, now I’m headed off to college with the drive and confidence to succeed in life. Dynamy really helped me realize that I could handle living on my own and being responsible for myself and that when I put my mind to it, that I can really do some great things!