Hi everyone! I’m Gavin. Im crazy excited to spend the fall semester with all of you guys. I had been considering a gap year even before covid hit, but when everything went south and quarantine was put in place, it pretty much solidified my choice to do a gap year. I was looking at a few different programs and Dragons was the one that really stood out to me. I think I was drawn to Dragons because of the progam’s emphasis on environmental justice and sustainability. Part of that interest is due to the fact that I live in a neighborhood where sustainability is not a primary focus. I have never personally had to worry about living sustainably because I have always had more than enough resources to live off of. What I would love to take away from this program is that even when you have ample resources and can live comfortably without worry, it is still important to understand the benefits of sustainable living and the significance of treating our environment with care even when it doesn’t personally affect you.
In terms you guys getting to know me a little before Sept 1st comes around, although I’m not crazy into nature, I do very much enjoy being outside. Wether it be snow skiing or playing spikeball with my friends just enjoying the nice weather, I always appreciate the endless possibilities that our earth can provide through nature. In regards to who I am, I have always liked to be my own person. Often times I choose to do things that are not necessarily in my comfort zone, making this program right up my alley. Things I like to do include but are not limited to: playing all sports, creative writing, art, playing piano and singing, spending time with my friends, and eating good food.
My favorite poem: “The Road Not Taken”
– Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I cant wait to meet you all in person! See you soon!