By Mohnish Soundararajan
Travel is a great way for us to expand our knowledge and grow as a citizen of the world. Most importantly, travel is a fast-paced, crash-course in the school of self.
Travel forces us out of our comfort zones, causing us to think on our feet and approach challenges in a different way. That's why UnCollege starts each Gap Year with the Voyage Phase. We want each UnCollege fellow to experience the joy of volunteering abroad and take a detour from the pressures of everyday life in order to focus on personal growth.
We are hosting a free, online event next Thursday at 4 PM PST. The goal of the event is to have an informal conversation with students who have taken a gap year and hear about their experiences first hand. Hopefully these students’ experiences will help you figure out:
- Is it beneficial to take a gap year?
- Does it make getting a job harder?
- Does it make getting back into univeristy harder?
- What are all the gap year options out there?
The six months I spent applying to colleges felt like a continuous panic attack.
I’ve never been more convinced that I didn’t know anything: I didn’t know how to get my knowledge to translate into decent test scores. I didn’t know how to narrow down programs and institutions from what felt like a continuous parade of “University of XYZ: See Yourself Here” emails and brochures. I didn’t know when – or if – I would have that “moment” everyone talks about where I felt at home on a campus. Mostly, I didn’t know if I would ever be able to confidently answer the question every graduating senior gets asked on repeat, “where are you going to college?” or if I would ever find a way to make my talents and interests shine in the narrow confines of the Common App.
Topics: dropping out
Success is defined in a lot of ways, but one subject seems to be at the heart of most discussions about how to obtain it – failure.
That’s right, a lot of the folks who are the smartest, richest, most successful, or just those people who have attained something you admire, will inevitably say it wasn’t the number of wins they notched, it was how they handled the losses…how they got back on track and learned from mistakes. This is nothing new, but it is as important as ever.