London Samson - Senegal

March 20, 2019

For the longest time, I dreaded the idea of having to continue school after

the 4 long years of high school. It wasn’t until recently, during this much

needed gap year, that I felt excited about heading back into the classroom.

I’ll give you some background, I used to “like” school for

the social accommodations that came with it. For example, I may have had to

take a test one day but like a crappy hotel providing free breakfast, even

though the test was not enjoyable and well, crappy , I got to be social,

which was a free gift (if that makes ANY sense lol).

I lost my drive for school and passion to learn new things

around the time high school started. Mom says I was “distracted,” whatever

that means… haha. On a real note though, I wasn’t distracted, I was

unmotivated. Nothing screamed “LEARN ABOUT ME!” So, I lost the interest. A

few months after graduation, I looked back at my high school self, pretty

upset that I didn’t accomplish everything my younger self had dreamed about

it. Now, sitting on my bed in Touba Toul, Senegal, I realized I actually

accomplished so much more. I’m not sure I would’ve found this opportunity

had I not lost my initial drive for school. I’d be on another path in life,

maybe enjoying it, maybe not, guess we’ll never know. Point is, I needed

this year to go through tremendous self growth and discovery in order to

shape what comes next. I can now say, I’m excited to go to university to

learn. Sure, the social life will be fun, but I can undoubtedly say that my

focus is on what matters the most, my education.

I’ll admit I was skeptical about taking a year off and heading

back to school afterwards. I was sure that one year off would become ten

years off and next thing you know I’m a grown woman and I never went to

college. Which, of course, is no problem… but its not me. I am eternally

thankful for this opportunity and all of the ups and downs it has brought

me. Without this experience, I may have never regained my admiration for


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