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Photo by Tom Pablo, South America Semester.


Hi everyone! My name is Lydia, I’m 18 and I’m from NYC. Currently, I am taking a gap year between high school and college. I spent the first bit of my year working on a Democratic congressional campaign, tutoring, going on Central Park “hikes” with my boots and massive backpack in an attempt to prepare for our treks, and adventuring and eating all around the city.

I chose Dragons because I have lived in NYC my whole life and after going to a small school for 15 years, and swimming on the same team, I’m super ready for a change of pace. While I have traveled a bunch with my family, I have never been to South America before. Going on Dragons is a chance for me to try something completely new, challenging, and out of my comfort zone. I am so excited to have new experiences and meet new people. I love living in the city but I am looking forward to taking a break from its intensity, spending time in nature and living a lifestyle different from the one I am accustomed to.

Some things I am looking forward to: learning Spanish, trekking through beautiful landscapes, befriending alpacas, and wearing my rain pants!

So looking forward to meeting you all soon!!!