I recently spoke with Noah Falk, a senior at the Forman School in Connecticut. Noah is eager to explore the world and be pushed out of his comfort zone during his Winterline travels. He is approaching his Gap Year with an open mind, ready to learn from all his life-changing experiences. We are very excited to have Noah join our program this Fall!
What do you hope to gain from your Winterline experience?
It’s hard to put into words how life changing I know next year will be. I hope to gain a new “family” of friends as we travel around the world together sharing so many exciting experiences. I hope to also gain a new understanding and appreciation for cultures and people currently foreign to me. I hope to push myself out of my comfort zone and have a bunch of “I can’t believe I just did that” moments that you can only have on a trip like Winterline. I can’t wait to learn 100 new life skills and put them into practice!
What are you most excited for during your Winterline travels?
Simply seeing the world! I can’t wait to see what’s out there! India is especially interesting to me...I’m not quite sure if what I have pictured in my mind is what it will actually be like.
Why did you decide to go on a gap year?
I was excited to have a year to discover myself and develop new interests. I have always had a passion for cooking, and as of right now, I plan to go to culinary school when my year with Winterline is over. That said, I am excited to have the opportunity to try out some potential “professions” as we travel the globe. Who knows if something completely new will pique my interest?
Where have you traveled in the past and what has been your favorite destination?
The boarding school I attend is all about experiential learning opportunities. I just got back from two weeks in Spain and Morocco, specifically studying the influence of spices in both regions. I took a few cooking classes and learned a lot about the cuisine in each country.
I’ve been to just about every Caribbean Island, and absolutely love all water sports.
The past two summers I spent in almost opposite climates: one year in Israel (with a good part of my time in the 120 degree Negev Desert) and last summer camping in the pristine (and sometimes freezing) wilderness of Alaska.
Hard to say what has been my favorite destination...perhaps I have yet to see that location!
What experience do you think will be the most challenging during your Gap Year?
Seeing places where people are severely challenged economically/environmentally will be hard for me. I know I will want to help more than we are able to in our short stay. I think I will have a hard time saying goodbye to the people we connect with in these areas.
What do you see yourself doing in the next five-ten years?
Still traveling, that’s for sure...working in a job that helps make the world a better place, maybe raising a family, and definitely living life to the fullest.
What is the most interesting thing that you have done in the past four years?
Attending boarding school in CT has probably been the most relevant and interesting thing that has happened to me in the past four years. It has made me a more independent and self-reliant person, and I have enjoyed every moment.
I’m sure the relationships I have formed with my friends and teachers will be life long. These people have become my second family - and the time I have been away from home has made me appreciate my real family that much more.
I will forever be grateful to my parents for offering me this rewarding opportunity.
I have a fairly extensive coin collection that I have been working on since I was 10. I hope to add a lot of foreign currency to my collection during my travels with Winterline.
I love to fish, and last year I caught a 350 lb, 10 ft long black marlin off the coast of Mexico.
I am known for my loud laugh. A family friend once told my mom that my laugh makes her so happy, she wanted to record it and use it as her ring tone.
We’ve enjoyed getting to know Noah Falk and hope you have too! We cannot wait to have him join us on for our 2016 gap program. Would you like to join him? Apply now.