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Hi guys! My name is Jon, and I’m from northern New Jersey in Short Hills where I’ve lived my whole life. I can’t believe departure is finally upon us. Over the last few weeks, I feel like I have been in a whirlwind with vacation and attempting to pack for Bridge Year.

The opportunity to travel internationally and perform service lends itself to so much growth and the ability to find so many new interests and passions. Who knows what we might pick up as a pass time this year? In high school I spent the majority of dancing, so id love to see how I can take that with me to Indonesia. My other passion would be environmentalism. In my opinion the best place to be is laying outside or hiking appreciating the captivating natural world.

In that same vein, this past summer I spent my time working at a plant store near my house leaning over 40 different species of plant and how to best care for them (even though prior to this summer I was never able to keep a plant alive for more than a month). It was a learning experience working in a customer service job and Im happy that I had that experience before this year. In August I spent two weeks in the Green mountains of Vermont hiking with my mom and trying out some amazing restaurants including an amazing German fondue place.

Its been so great getting to know all of you at this orientation, and I can’t wait to see how well all build an incredible community together in this coming year.

Let’s adventure!!