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AU Gap Program: Student Insight

AU Gap Student, Brooke Sherman, Fall 2016

Brooke Sherman, AU Gap Fall 2016
Ann Arbor, MI

When I decided to take a gap year I wanted to ensure my time was spent productively, and I could both experience a new setting and maintain an element of academic rigor. I looked for programs in Washington, D.C. because I could pursue my interest in politics/economics and experience the city during an unprecedented election year. When I discovered the AU Gap program, I thought, "it's almost as if this was tailor-made for me."

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Nicole Iannella, AU Gap Fall 2016
Jamaica Plain, MA

I chose the AU Gap Program, because I still wanted to learn and get some sort of college experience during my year off. I had always been interested in politics, so that's what initially drew me to this program. I was intrigued by the unique gap-year internship, considering that not many 18- year-olds have the opportunity to intern three days a week in the middle of such a major city.

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Jemima Ford, AU Gap Fall 2015
London, England

I chose the AU Gap Program, because I wanted the first half of my gap year to feel productive and partially academic. The AU Gap program allows me to feel like I’m growing academically with classroom-based learning, but also gaining real world knowledge through my internship and the cosmopolitan environment and opportunities that surround me.

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Oonagh, Gap Student

Oonagh Cavanagh, AU Gap Spring 2015
Underhill, VT

I chose the AU Gap Program, because I was ready for a change of pace. I am used to small town life and I was ready to experience life in a city, and my interest in politics really brought me here initially. I really love that DC has so much to offer. You can find an organization or event in DC for just about every interest you can think of.

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Howey Qiu, AU Gap

Howey Qiu, AU Gap Spring 2015
Mystic, CT

I chose to participate in the AU Gap Program because I already knew I wanted to come to DC, find an internship, and take classes, and the AU Gap Program offered all three of those things. It was also one of the few programs I could find that focused on pre-college gap students, and it gave me the chance to experience college life in more of a transitional way.

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