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Why We Decided to Take a Gap Year... And Why We Won't Stop Talking About It


2013 Summit Photos on the RoofTim Watrous and Alex Tatem took the road less-travelled on their way to Palo Alto, California, where they now hold impressive jobs at exciting startups.

Tim (22), an Eagle Scout and overall standout, dropped out of college mid-way through freshman year, much to the dismay of many friends and family members. Alex (20), an entrepreneur-minded, yet rebellious spirit, set out on his alternative route directly following his high school graduation. While the two young professionals have dramatic differences in personality, they share two essential characteristics that brought them the success they have now – the motivation to explore and, at a very simple level, discover a way to be happier than they were in a previous chapter of life.

Tim Watrous

In the following UnCollege Conversation, Tim and Alex walk us through their journeys since applying to the UnCollege Gap Year program nearly 2 years ago. If you’ve thought about taking a gap year, or know someone who is thinking about taking one, give this a listen.

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