I'm from Santiago in Chile. I decided to take a gap year to step back and be present. This has allowed me to do everything I always wanted to do but never had the time for. Joining the Academy wasn't on my original plan, but it has been the highlight of my year.
Before starting college, I decided to joing the Academy because I wanted to challenge my understanding of what education looks like. I was eager to discover the unknown instead of following the timeline I'd initially created for myself.
I'm originally from Indonesia but have lived in the U.S. for the past two years as a United World College student. I'm currently doing a full course load at St. Olaf College while also doing the Academy program. Why both? The abundant opportunities with the Academy are just too precious to be missed!
I'm from Congonhas, Brazil. My plans for college were delayed due to the pandemic, but I decided to look for a bright side and use it as an opportunity to approach college with a better sense of community, belonging, and self-knowledge.
Global Citizen Year Academy brings together hopeful and determined students more than 50 countries across the globe. Academy students come from every background imaginable, but are united by a shared vision: to do their part to move the world ahead. Meet four of the students in the inaugural Academy cohort!