A gap year in Worcester, Massachusetts seems a strange choice for a high school senior born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. I’d never planned anything besides going straight to college, so when my English teacher suggested a gap year, I had some serious thinking to do.
First on my to-do list: figure out what a gap year is. After a few weeks of research, Dynamy proved the obvious choice, the first real life-changing choice I’d had to make. And life-changing it was.
Striking a careful balance between independence and guidance from the hands-on staff, Dynamy was a program that allowed me to shape my future. I learned how to make decisions on my own, without feeling afraid to ask for help. I learned how to differentiate between what I want and what I need, how to make the most out of the opportunities that arise, and even little (but important) things, like which laundry detergent to use.
In terms of surviving the real world, I feel confident in my ability to handle whatever comes my way. My future plans include a three month tour of Europe through a program called Art History Abroad and college.