Abby began her gap year after receiving eight college rejection letters and just turning seventeen. Her story will take you from a powerful firm in the nation’s capital, to the remote South African bush, to a classroom in London, to a seat on a Eurail train.
Her story illustrates both extremes of a gap year: the accomplishment and adventure along with the trials and solitude of taking the less traveled path.
During her gap year Abby saw how while they are becoming more popular, most people do not know how to structure and execute a gap year and she encountered the many misconceptions about gap years like, “they’re for people with no direction.”
Abby decided she wanted to fill this void of information and correct those mis-perceptions. “Mind the Gap" outlines how to plan and fund a gap year based on both research and personal experience. Abby also shares a personal memoir of her year.
As a strong advocate of gap years, Abby shows how her year transformed her perspective, goals and capabilities - and why you should let a gap year change your life too.
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"When you are so far from everything that defines you - your family, your school, your hometown, your activities- who are you? The only thing that defines you is your spirit for adventure you are satisfying. This makes you feel both empty and full at the same time. You forget who you are for a moment, because you are adapting, breaking down, building up - transforming into a more complete version of yourself." - Abby Trombley