We interviewed incoming gap year student, Gabrielle Manzella, in excited anticipation for her upcoming year with Winterline. Check out her story!
What do you hope to gain from your Winterline experience?
I hope to gain more knowledge about the world and also about myself. I'm really exited to be pushed by this year and really discover who I am.
What are you most excited for during your Winterline travels?
I'm most exited to see all the different parts of the world we will be traveling to. I'm really exited to see the different landscapes, as well as different cultures and tradition.
What's your favorite color?
Why did you decide to go on a gap year and why did you choose Winterline?
I decided to take a gap year because I always knew I wanted to travel while I'm young and able. I value education, but school is just not for me at this time. I really need a break from a boring classroom. I chose Winterline because it offers something vastly different from all the other gap year programs, the skill studying aspect. I really wanted a gap year that would expose me to tons of different things and Winterline will do just that.
Have you traveled in the past? Where have you traveled and what has been your favorite destination?
Yes, I have traveled in the past. I have traveled all over the US, Italy, Greece, the Bahamas, Canada, and a pit stop in France! My favorite place was definitely Italy because it was so beautiful and the culture was just amazing.
What experience do you think will be the most challenging?
I think the experience that will be most challenging is being away from my family. I'm very confident and independent so I don't worry about being away, but I do know I will miss them very much.
What do you see yourself doing in the next 5-10 years?
Honestly I just see myself doing whatever it is that I love. I have no idea what that is right now, or where it will lead me, but I know for certain I'll never back down from getting what I really want and investing myself in the things that I love.
What is the most interesting thing that you have done in the past four years?
The most interesting thing I've done in the past 4 years would probably be my junior year spring break trip to Greece and Italy! I went with a group from my school and it was absolutely mind blowing. It really opened my eyes to so many new things and I'll never forget it.
I'm very short, I'm Italian, I swam and played lacrosse in high school, I was part of the Friends Club in school, I was voted most friendly of my senior class, music gets me through everything and I listen to it all the time, I'm hungry mostly 24/7, I'm a certified lifeguard and swim coach, working out is a slight obsession of mine, I absolutely love movies and I'm on Netflix a lot.
Anything else we should know about you?
Things to know: I had to grow up and mature at a young age due to family issues which shaped me to be pretty independent, so I've always been able to do things on my own. I have no problem opening up to anyone and I'm a very emotionally and spiritual person. I love meeting and connecting with new people! I'm really just a social butterfly who loves to talk 24/7. I'm very tight nit in my religion and very close with God. I always try to walk into things with a sense of security and walk with no fear. My biggest goals are to impact people's live and be impacted by them as well!