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Student Introduction

Hi everybody!

I can’t wait to experience all that West Africa has to offer alongside all of you.

I stumbled upon Dragons at a gap year fair at my high school. A student mentor told me all about her time in Nepal, trekking through mountains and making unforgettable memories with her host family. To this day, she still keeps in touch with her family, even though her trip has come to an end. I want to foster these kind of connections on my gap year and Senegal immediately stood out as a place where meaningful relationships are made. I have explored parts of the United States, Asia, and Europe, but I have never traveled to Africa. Of course, there is always fear of the unknown, but I am learning to embrace it instead of running away from it.

Throughout high school, I forgot what it felt like to love learning. I was constantly memorizing information, just to get the good grade, instead of actually being invested in the subject matter. As a result, I felt burnt out my senior year of high school and I couldn’t picture myself heading off to college right away with no clear picture of what I was truly interested in. A gap year was calling my name.

It will be hard for me to leave behind the comforts of my own home, especially my current favorite Netflix show, Grey’s Anatomy, but I know it will be waiting for me when I return!