Go Overseas to Find Yourself

Students claim gap years abroad have greatly influenced their lives.


Despite the costs, those who have taken part in gap years abroad before completing college and entering the workforce argue that their year overseas was a worthy investment in their lives and careers. Seraphina Lin, a senior account executive at a public affairs firm, insists she was shy before she put off her freshman year at the University of Colorado to spend a year in Taiwan, teaching English to elementary school students and immersing herself in the culture. Now, she's found success in a job where communication skills and confidence are integral to success. 

"[The gap year] made all the difference to me as a young high school grad struggling with her identity. I gained the confidence to be outgoing," she says. "The confidence and [gregariousness] I gained during my gap year really helped [my career]." 

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