It was a fortuitous accident that I ever heard of Global Citizen Year. On Facebook, someone was telling my friend about the program and how she should apply. I already knew that I wanted to take a gap year, and all I needed was the perfect program to do so. I clicked the link and instantly knew that this was where I wanted to spend my next year before college. I knew that a gap year would give me a broader knowledge of the world and would open my eyes to something beyond the safety and the comforts of the Bay Area. I didn’t expect to find a program that would be involved in so many aspects of different world issues, or would focus on making the Fellows into leaders. I am so scared and excited to live in Ecuador for the better part of a year, and I can only imagine what I will gain from it. I have never been away from home for more than two weeks, but I’m confident that everything I will be learning to advance in my field will keep me inspired. I will miss home and friends tremendously, but thanks to this blog I’ll keep in touch, and keep everyone posted on what I’m up to!