J.K. Rowling!

J.K. Rowling took a gap year in Portugal where she taught English and wrote her first draft of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!

A gap year helped her reset and invest more time in her passion for writing. Being immersed in a new country helped inspire Rowling’s writing almost immediately.

She says: “In those first weeks in Portugal I wrote what has become my favourite chapter in the Philosopher’s Stone, ‘The Mirror of Erised’”.

Like J.K. Rowling, you’re overflowing with curiosity and love a good story! Taking a gap year is a great opportunity to invest in passions you never had time for during high school and to live some adventurous stories of your own!