Lily is a college-bound Winterline student, enrolled in the 2016-17 global skills gap year program. We're so excited to introduce you to our incoming Winterliner.
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 don't have a clear idea of what I want to do with my life. I have always wanted to travel, and knew that I would find a year sometime in my life to travel around the world. Taking a year before college seemed like the best time for me to both get a better idea of what my future might hold, and, while doing that get to travel as well.
I chose Winterline because trying to plan a gap year is a lot harder than it sounds, and Winterline offered experiences I never knew I wanted to have. I once did a summer adventure program for teens and loved it, Winterline sounds similar to that type of experience but at a higher level.
What's one job you would like to have?
I would like to try working at disney (world or land) as a disney princess, I like acting a lot and think it sounds fun to dress up as one of the princesses.
What do you hope to gain from your Winterline experience?
I hope to gain a better sense of myself, and ideas of what I would like to do with my life.
Have you traveled in the past? Where have you traveled and what has been your favorite destination?
Yes, I have only gone out of country twice both times to Mexico and both times when I was young so I dont remember much. I have traveled a lot within the U.S. My favorite state to travel to is Arizona. I just love the weather and everything about the desert. I will be going to The University of Arizona after Winterline and I'm really looking forward to living there.
What experience do you think will be the most challenging?
I think that getting the wilderness certification sounds pretty difficult but I am looking forward to it despite the fact that it might be challenging.
What do you see yourself doing in the next 5-10 years?
I have absolutely no idea. I can imagine myself doing a million different things. I am interested in nearly everything and because of that I know I am going to have trouble choosing a major and after that a job.
While some people have stamp or coin collections, I collect interests, skills, and random knowledge. Right now I am very interested in Neuroscience and Psychology.
I just finished taking Neuro and an AP Psych course at my school, and my family can tell you how obsessed I am with what I have learned. Any conversation I can turn into a speech/lecture/endless information about how the brain is related to whatever we are talking about and then proceed to go on and on about brain stuff (which is what I found myself almost starting to do answering this question).
Off the top of my head these are a few jobs I would love to have: biomedical engineer, zoologist, wildlife rehabilitator (that specializes in endangered species), brain surgeon, clinical psychologist (specializing in mental illnesses), artist (anything from pottery to painting to felting, I love all art), or a singer.
What's your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is Friends because no matter how many times I watch it, I never get tired of it. I also really like Game of Thrones.
What are you most excited for during your Winterline travels?
I am most excited for everything, I can't pick just one thing. The whole trip sounds amazing and I cant wait!
What is the most interesting thing that you have done in the past four years?
The most interesting thing I have done is probably working on a dude ranch, I've been working there a while now and it is an amazing job. There is always something going on and I have millions of stories from my years working at the ranch.
Also I enjoy wearing the "cowboy" getup (hat, boots, slacks, spurs etc.) and working with horses. I get to meet a lot of different types of people on the trail rides which lead to interesting connections and conversations.
I am from Massachusetts but was born in Texas.
I can walk on stilts and fly on the trapeze.
I work as a lifeguard at a summer camp and a wrangler at a dude ranch when I am not in school.
Anything else we should know about you?
I like listening to alternative rock. My favorite band is Green Day.
I have an obsession with cacti and succulents.
I also have an obsession with animals.
I love puzzles.
Are you interested in doing a gap year with Lily? Learn more about our Winterline skills-based programs here.