Hey everyone! My name is Nick, I’m from New York City, and I can’t wait to meet you guys. I don’t quite know what to write here so I’ll talk a little about me. I graduated school this past spring, and after a gap semester I will be attending Middlebury College in VT. I love the outdoors and being active—I played soccer, squash, and lacrosse in school, as well as hiking, biking, and skiing in my own time—though I also enjoy reading, spirited arguments about everything from God to politics, and, in some cases, learning (I’m a fan of cosmology and math). I decided to take a gap semester because I feel like, at this age, we are at the perfect intersection of being mature enough to take full advantage of the learning and development this opportunity holds, while being young and curious enough to embrace the discomfort and keep our minds open.
I chose to do this specific program because it seemed very culturally immersive, and I find it fascinating to learn about the different cultures of the world. The emphasis on trekking also drew me in—I’ve always dreamed of seeing the Himalayas in person. I might be most excited for the time we are going to spend in the Buddhist monastery, as I’ve always been fascinated by Buddhism. From the religions I’ve learn about growing up, Buddhism seems unique as it is guided not by a God but more by a set of morals and that’s pretty cool.
Anyway I can’t wait see you all soon!