"She has a better sense of herself and what's important in life."
Although she has given her father and me countless proud moments, I have never been prouder of my daughter than I was when she decided to take a gap year, planned and funded her entire adventure, and then took off and conquered the world. Leaving home for college can be a nerve-wracking experience but it is a shared experience; going against the predictable and expected takes a lot more courage. I am a firm believer in the growth that comes from putting yourself in new and challenging situations and Caroline's growth was beyond impressive. Although she was mature and thoughtful throughout high school (life, really!), there's nothing like planning lodging (usually hostels) and transportation (planes, trains, buses and ferries); budgeting in different currencies; finding jobs; planning, shopping for and cooking meals; meeting people from all walks of life; navigating and negotiating in a different language; proving yourself at countless tasks; winning over "bosses;" finding bedbugs; castrating lambs; saving chickens from hungry dogs; and the list goes on and on. After her gap year, Caroline is ready to take on anything and she has a better sense of herself and what's important in life. Who doesn't want that for their child?
Kim S, parent of Caroline C