We are very proud to announce Prathana for the Winterline Global Skills gap year program, joining us from Nepal!
If you are interested in doing a Winterline skills-based program and would like to download a trip itinerary, click here.
What do you hope to gain from your Winterline experience?
I’m hoping to experience enough things and people to fully understand what I really want to do in college and later on in life. I hope Winterline helps me find a passion or interests that I can develop after it ends. I also want to see what I have to offer to this world, more than what I can gain from it. Hopefully travelling for a year will help me figure that out. :)
What are you most excited for during your Winterline travels?
Honestly, everything. I’m really excited to try different foods from around the world. I’m also excited to meet the other Winterliners and the people I will interact with on this journey and hopefully create friendships and memories that will last forever. I’m hoping that travelling so much will help reignite the passion I used to have for photography.
Why did you decide to go on a gap year and why did you choose Winterline?
I was fairly certain that I would take a gap year after all those very stressful years of highschool even though I was unsure of what I would do during that time. Woodstock introduced Winterline to us and after I learnt more about it, when my sister completed the program, I was 100% positive that Winterline was the gap year program for me.
Have you traveled in the past? Where have you traveled and what has been your favorite destination?
I’ve never travelled outside of Nepal and India although I’ve travelled extensively inside of them. I’ve mostly travelled to trek and visit different villages all over Nepal and Northern India or for soccer matches across India. I’ve been trekking since I was eight with my dad. My favorite destination has been the Langtang trek which is north of Kathmandu where there’s an oligotrophic lake called Gosaikunda at 4380m. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to and will always have a special place in my heart.
What experience do you think will be the most challenging?
I think that being in countries where I cannot speak the language (which is most of the countries) will be challenging. I mean, I’ve never done most of these things before and just learning how to do the things and understanding and learning about cultures different to my own will all be pretty challenging -- it is what I like most about Winterline.
What do you see yourself doing in the next 5-10 years?
After four years of college (maybe Sterling in Vermont), I want to either work as an outdoor educator or help run my dad’s trekking company. If both those options don’t work out, I’ll join the British Gurkha Army. I’m hoping to do some war photojournalism after a few years of work.
What is the most interesting thing that you have done in the past four years?
For my 11th grade interdisciplinary project I got to go to to the Gangotri Glacier (source of the Ganga) with some of my classmates and research about the impact of the fundamental values of religion on environmentalism in Northern India. I got to meet some interesting people on the way and spend a week off school just trekking.
I can solve a 5x5 rubik’s cube in under 7 minutes.
Anything else we should know about you?