Giselle Esquer - Brazil
May 31, 2019
As my chapter with GCY comes to an end, I’ve had the opportunity to finally reflect about my growth from beginning to end. For my capstone project I shared a presentation at my old high school. I stood in the same spot of my english class where I had given my end of the year “senior speech”. I remembered how nervous I was to be speaking in front go a crowd and how sweaty my palms were. Fast forward to April of 2019 and all though my palms were still a little clay as I was introducing myself I noticed have way through that I was able to control my nerves and had connected with the crowd in a matter that I don’t think I ever have before. Having this confidence in my public speaking ability and overall confidence of myself was just one small nugget I gained from my gap year. It’s easy to say that in a year I have changed and grown as a person but to finally have a space to compare who I was then to who I am now was more encouraging than I thought. Through the struggles that I faced during my year I have only become more myself. I now have and idea as to what I want to do and I know who I want to be as a person. My personal goals I have set for myself prior to going to Brazil and while in country have slightly changed but the results are something I can be proud of.