Elon Gap Semester

Who's Going in 2014?

Name: Becca Surprenant
High School: Miss Porter's School - South Windsor, CT
Intended Major: Public Health 

Why did you choose Elon's Gap Semester Program?
I chose the Gap Semester because it offered a combination of three things that I am passionate about (backpacking, service, and travel) and was an oppotunity to have a unique transition into college.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most? 
I am most excited about working together with the rest of the Gap Cohort and growing as a leader from each component of the semester.

Name: Martin Bigatti
High School: Ridge High School - Basking Ridge, NJ
Intended Major: Environmental and Ecological Science

Why did you chose Elon's Gap Semester Program?
I felt that the Gap Semester Program would allow me to learn from experiences I may never have the opportunity to do again. Being an outdoors enthusiast, an active volunteer in my town, and a fluent Spanish speaker, I felt this program would be a great fit and opportunity to leverage my interests and skills.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
That is an extremely difficult question. Whether it be the technology-free, unreal opportunity of hiking through breathtaking Wyoming mountains for 26 days, being able to volunteer at such a profound level in four different parts of the country, or living in a place as beautiful as Costa Rica, I truly cannot say. I just can't wait to take it all in!

Name: Sophie Faxon
High School: Barrington High School - Barringon RI
Intended Major: Strategic Communications

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I chose the Gap Semester Program because of the potential I saw in it. I knew that the experiences I would have and the skills I would acquire were something that would start my college career off on a great note.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
While I am very excited for the NOLS portion of the Gap Semester, I am most excited to travel all over the United States and learn about the varying cultures throuhout our nation.

 

Name: Ginna Royalty
High School: Zionsville Community School - Zionsville IN
Intended Major: Communications

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
As soon as I heard about the Gap Semester program, it was something that I knew I wanted to do it. I’ve done mission work in Haiti and have loved the fast friendships from that as well as the personal growth that comes along with the experience. I’ve always been interested in a Gap year and this was the perfect opportunity to do to start my college career while still going on an adventure. Ultimately, it was an incredibly opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
I am very excited for the service learning trips, as well as our time in Costa Rica. I have done service trips in the past, so I am excited to continue this interest and experience 4 completely different projects. I know this experience will help me to grow as individual. I have never been to a Spanish speaking country, so I am excited to grow in my Spanish speaking ability and live with a local family, learning about their culture firsthand.

Name: Joseph Gray
High School: Fuquay-Varina High School - Fuquay-Varina NC
Intended Major: Political Science, Public Policy

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I chose the Gap Semester program because not only does it pose the opportunity for me to develop as a student, but also as a leader and global citizen. I enjoy service learning and finding out about this unique educational experience definitely influenced my decision to attend Elon University.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
I am very excited to begin the wilderness backpacking expedition at the National Outdoor Leadership School.  I am looking forward to improving my outdoor skills and learning how to become a better environmental steward.

Name: Megan McKeighan
High School: Otter Valley Union High School - Goshen VT
Intended Major: International Studies

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I chose the Gap Semester Program for the adventure, the chance to give back to others through service and the opportunity to learn about new cultures. I love to travel and explore new places.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
I would say traveling to Costa Rica most excites me because I traveled there for two weeks as a sophomore and I loved it. I am really excited about being able to return to such a beautiful country.

Name: Devon Funt
High School: Palisades High School - Pipersville PA
Intended Major: Environmental and Ecological Science

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I thought it would be a unique, fun way to start college. I have always been interested in community service and learning about other cultures. My love for the environment and all outdoor activities led me to believe that this would be a great experience.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
I am extremely excited for Costa Rica and getting to learn more about the country and its people. I'm also excited to meet everyone and make life long memories!

 

Name: Cedrik Lendal
High School: Avon Lake HIgh School - Avon Lake OH
Intended Major: Business, International Studies

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
After visiting various colleges; the GAP program is really what triggered my interest!  From the nature part to the service for 4 weeks and of course, studying abroad in Costa Rica.  What a great way to discover the world and push my own limits during my first semester "at college"!

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
Living in Costa Rica for sure!  My goal is to be fluent in Spanish by the end of our stay and I can't wait to eat in "Sodas"!  Crossing the USA while doing volunteer work will be quite a challenge but will also be very rewarding; I look forward to it!

Name: Anna Rogers
High School: Asheville School - Hickory NC
Intended Major: Health Sciences

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I believe that the Gap Semester Program will kick-start my college experience by strengthening my skills as a leader, growing as a global citizen, doing what I love to do: Back-packing, serving others, and traveling. I decided to participate in this program because it seems like the perfect fit for me, and I couldn't imagine doing anything better my first semester as an Elon student.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
Although I'm excited for every aspect of this program, I'm especially looking forward to Costa Rica. I can't wait to learn all about this country's culture while taking in its beautiful scenery.

Name: Cora Abdoo 
High School: Ridgewood High School - Ridgewood NJ
Intended Major: Psychology/ Sociology

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program? 
The Gap Semester Program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity that will be life changing! Being able to explore my country with a helping hand will be a great way to start off my college experience. There is nothing better than impacting peoples lives and making lasting memories.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
I am most excited to help others, grow as a person, and make lifelong friends. 


Name: David Cocoziello
High School: Montclair Kimberly Academy - Cedar Grove NJ
Intended Major: International Business

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I chose the Gap Semester program because I enjoy doing community service and I really look forward to meeting the people that live in the communities in which we will work. I am also excited to improve my outdoor knowledge with NOLS.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
I am most looking forward  to the NOLS leadership experience

 

Name: Brett Ball
High School: Lake Mary Prepatory School - Longwood FL
Intended Major: Business - Finance

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I chose the Gap Semester program because I felt like it would be a great learning experience outside the classroom.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
One of the most exciting parts about the Gap Semester Program has to be the 6 week trip to Costa Rica. Not only do I get to study abroad my first semester of College but I also get to experience the unique culture of Costa Rica!

 

 

Name: Ali Leroy
High School: Horace Greeley High School - Briarcliff Manor NY
Intended Major: Undecided

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
I chose the Gap Semester Program because I didn't feel I was ready to head right into college. In addition the program embodied everything that I love to do. 

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
I'm most excited for the NOLS program because I haven't don't anything like it. I think it will teach me a lot and push me to do things I wouldn't normally do. 

Name: Daniel Martinez
High School: Madison High School - Vienna VA
Intended Major: Undecided

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
The Gap Semester Program is totally unique. As someone who thought about taking a gap year before college in order to escape the monotony of sitting in a classroom, this program, with its focus on learning in the real world, seemed ideal. I'm a person who enjoys education in order to apply it to actual life situations; whether by having an interesting conversation with people who don't share my opinions, getting to know people who are completely different from me, or achieving a goal within a group or team.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
Everything about the Gap program sounds well-thought out and amazing. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that going to Costa Rica intrigues me the most. The chance to immerse myself in a foreign culture and practice my Spanish with native speakers is something I've never had the opportunity but have always wanted to do. While I've had the chance to do service in other poverty-stricken areas domestically, I've heard so much about the people at Pine Ridge, and I am eager to find out more about the lives of Native Americans today. Finally, I love snowboarding and the mountains, and so the challenge of the NOLS course is a part of the program that I can't wait to experience.

Name: Aaron Marsh
High School: Pine Lake Prepatory - Davidson NC
Intended Major: Undecided

Why did you chose the Gap Semester Program?
It was the perfect combination of other programs I had looked at. Even better was the act that I could do it through a University that I had already heard was exceptional. Between the outdoors adventures, cultural immersion, and chance to get to know some other active students, it was a perfect match.

What about the Gap Semester Program excites you the most?
The chance to participate in a NOLS program! I had planned on doing one before starting college, so I was really excited to see that the Gap Semester gave me the same opportunity.

Who's Gone?

2012, 2013