Elon Gap Semester

 

Who's Going in 2013?

Name: John L. Harris IV
High School: Bishop McNamara High School- Forestville, MD
Intended Major: Media Arts & Entertainment

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  I am excited to continue the service experience that I started in high school. I think it is a great opportunity to begin my experience at Elon engaging as a global citizen.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  I am most excited about the opportunity to study abroad and travel in Costa Rica. I also have always wanted to become more fluent in Spanish.

Name: Patrick Ross
High School: Everest Public High School- Redwood City, CA
Intended Major: Environmental Science

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  I chose the Gap Program because I didn't want the typical freshman experience. I also love nature and meeting new people. This will be a great experience for me.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  What excites me the most is giving back to the community. Also, being with new people.

Name: Gavin Reed
High School: Watkins Glen Central School- Watkins Glen, NY
Intended Major: Pre-Law/Business

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  For the adventure as well as being able to see whole new cultures and areas. It seems like a way to "learn by doing" which is what I have found to work for me the best. The program looks to be very exciting and fun, as well as teaching us as a group about nature, leadership and new cultures.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  The whole program excites me but if I had to choose a specific section that excites me the most it would have to be the NOLS course. I love the outdoors and camping and adventure so the idea behind NOLS sounds just wonderful. The area we will be in for NOLS is also supposed to be awesomely beautiful from what I have heard from anyone who has been to that area.

Name: Lizzie Thomson
High School: Lyons Township High School N- La Grange, IL
Intended Major: Communications

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  The Gap Program offers a truly unique opportunity to learn from nature and undertake a journey alongside other students that share genuine curiosity. I hope to broaden my perspective and discover insight, which I will apply to the next four years of education at Elon.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  Backpacking and service projects most excite me. I also look forward to creating great friendships. I cannot wait.

Name: Jake Sandford
High School: Allentown High School- Allentown, NJ
Intended Major: Environmental Studies

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  I chose the Gap Semester Program because the program is a mix of tradition as well as uniqueness, a perfect combination and fit for me. For a hands-on learner, it's an adventure of a lifetime to get the opportunity to live outdoors for an extended period of time plus have the opportunity to help people and see the happiness it brings, it is awesome!  

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  Most exciting for me would have to be participating in the NOLS program and challenging myself physically as well as mentally in a new and different environment.

Name: Blake Whitesell
High School: Community School of Naples- Naples, FL
Intended Major: Undecided

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  I chose the Gap Semester because it stood out as a unique opportunity to go travel while still being in college. It just stood out as not something I would like to do, but something that I had to do.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  The thing I am probably the most excited about is the NOLS portion of the trip. I have always liked the outdoors and I can't wait to test myself against nature.

Name: Riley Aparicio
High School: Home School Clearinghouse- Charlotte, NC
Intended Major: International Business

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  I chose the Gap Semester Program at Elon because of the unique opportunity that it offers me to better myself and the world around me, while remaining academically challenged and engaged.  From the moment I heard about the Gap Semester Program I knew it was the thing for me.  I have always enjoyed working to better my community and the gap program will give me a chance to do this on a global scale.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  The part about the Gap Semester Program that excites me the most is the six-week homestay in San Jose, Costa Rica.  One of the main reasons why I chose to enroll at Elon was their spectacular Study Abroad program.  I am eager to be immersed in another culture because I think it offers an unparalleled educational experience that will increase my ability to operate with a more global perspective.

Name: Laura Brockington
High School: Apex High School- Apex, NC
Intended Major: Psychology & Pre-Med

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program? I chose the Gap Semester because it si a great opportunity that I will never have the chance to do again. I love that it offers a new way of learning with the things that I value most.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  I am incredibly excited for each part for different reasons. I can't wait to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone through the things that I enjoy most. I think Costa Rica has me most excited though just because I love to travel.

Name: Tyson Glover
High School: Walter Johnson High School- Bethesda, MD
Intended Major: Communications

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program? I wanted to experience different parts of the world before settling down at Elon. I realized there might never be a time in my life where I have an opportunity to explore.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most? Living in Costa Rica is the part of the program that I am most excited about. I have lived in a small town in Maryland for all of my life. I am excited to experience a brand new culture.

Name: Lauren Franceschini
High School: Central Bucks High School West- Doylestown, PA
Intended Major: English

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program? I chose the Gap Semester program because I wanted to enter college with a broader array of experiences than I gained in High School

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most? I am most excited to live and study abroad in Costa Rica

 

Name: Liz Long
High School: E. A. Laney High School - Wilmington, NC
Intended Major: Business

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program? I chose the Gap program because it will afford me the opportunity to explore myself and serve others

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most? I am most excited for the service portion of the semester and creating new friendships

 

 

 

 

Name: Muriel Zino
High School: Vistamar School - Redondo Beach, CA
Intended Major: Undecided

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program? I liked the mix of community volunteer work, outdoor skills, and study abroad that the program offered. This seemed like the ideal way to start college.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most? I'm most excited about the trip to Costa Rica. I'm looking forward to exploring the country and staying with a host family.

 

 

Name: Cayley Gosnell
High School: Christian Oaks School- Westlake Village, CA
Intended Major: Human Services

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  I chose the Gap Semester because I wasn't interested in the conventional route. Elon provided me with this unique chance to gain a global perspective through travel and connection with people.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  I'm excited for the service opportunities as well as the time spent learning in Costa Rica.

Name: Michaela Contois
High School: Exeter High School- Exeter, NH
Intended Major: Journalism

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?  I chose the Gap Semester Program because I think it is a very interesting way to start college. There are many experiences I can say I've had in one semester than most can say they've had their whole college career.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?  I'm excited to learn more about myself, overcome challenges, and make new friends. I can't wait to use the Spanish I have learned for 3 years in a Spanish-speaking country and learn and compare that different culture with mine.

Name: James Low
High School: Monarch School - Weston, CT
Intended Major: Psychology

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?

Who's Gone?

2012