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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

Hi, I’m Sydney

Hi, I’m Sydney Medina and I’m from Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Since I will be traveling
with my twin sister, Jillian, I thought I’d use this photo so that you could see our younger sister,
Gabby (I’m on the left). We also have an older brother so there are 4 kids in my family.

I graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in June and I am extremely
excited to be embarking on the first part of my gap year in South America with you. I am
interested in art, fashion and travel. I spent my sophomore summer studying with the Fashion
Institute of Technology in New York City and last summer I studied with the Parsons School of
Design in Paris. I will be attending New York University in the fall of 2020 where I will
concentrate on fashion and communications at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

My hopes for this semester is to improve my Spanish, experience different communities, and
get a different perspective on life. I also want to try something completely new – I love cities
and have never backpacked or spent much time in nature. This will be a challenge but I think
I’m up to it.