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Photo by Tom Pablo, South America Semester.


I’m Izzy!

I spent this past fall and winter of my gap year volunteering, working locally as a nanny, and taking care of my younger siblings. One thing I can tell you about myself is that I am not typically an adventurous person. So I’m going to be straight with you– this is a bit of an out-of-character move for me. Which is exactly why I’m making myself doing this.

I love reading, watching movies and eating all things chocolate, which I think will translate well into a trekking trip. 🙂 But in all seriousness, I have been really excited about pushing my boundaries and exploring places totally different than anything I’m used to. I want to find out who I am as an adult and what I’m interested in. Having time to unplug from daily life is an important goal I’ve set for my gap year.

I am most excited about being able to witness another culture in an immersive way and learn how I can be a responsible global citizen. Along with that, I aim to better my Spanish speaking skills. I want to learn how to navigate a foreign city because I’d love to travel more in the future.

The role this trip has played in my life is one of both stress and excitement, as I am sure it has been for all of you. Getting prepared has been a series of steps that I needed to complete. I haven’t really had time to sit back and actually consider the magnitude of the adventure I am about to embark on. Now that I’m rounding the final base (Is that right? I’m not great at sports metaphors…) I find myself slowing down and picturing the cool Bolivian air as it blows through my hair, the feel of the leaves on my palm, and the warmth of an unfamiliar smell. I look forward to experiencing all of these with you!

See you soon bbs