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Alissa March 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Hey I received an e-mail from your website about taking a gap year. I just finished my gap year and would love to share my story. I traveled, volunteered, and worked abroad. I have many stories and adventures that I would love to share. Let me know.

-Alissa Leeds
(336)813-4598

Cathy March 4, 2010 at 2:47 am

Alissa,
I will be in touch soon! I’m just a bit backlogged on contacting various people about possible profiles but you are on my list. Thanks!

Cathy March 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Alissa,
I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m thinking about expending the topic to include not only those who took a gap year but also those who have taken a short furlough from work. I have a couple of people in addition to you to interview for this. Just as soon as I close in on this topic, I’ll shoot you an email. Thanks so much!

Sarah C. January 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Hi Cathy.
My Name is Sarah. I am about to begin my second semester of college at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, CA. I don’t feel as though college is where I belong right now. I think I need some time to figure out who I am and where I belong. I have gone along with the whole college thing because it’s what society tells us is the right choice in order to have a successful future. I am also feeling so much peer pressure to conform to what all of my friends are doing that I am completely stressed out. I am hoping that you might have some ideas for me. I am ready to begin this journey right now. I hate to sound desperate…..but I am. And I’m scared too.
Thank you for anything assistance you can provide.
Fondly,
Sarah

Cathy January 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

Sarah, I would really encourage you to stay in college but do it for you, not to conform to others’ expectations. I know from the experience of several friends that dropping out of college will not get you any closer to finding out who you are. Instead, stay in college but take charge of your future. Find ways in college to figure out what interests you and how you might make a career of it. Join student professional organizations, take a few classes in a variety of areas, offer to work part-time for free at an area company (such as at a vet, architectural firm or public relations firm). You might also call a few different kinds of companies and ask for an informational interview to find out more about a possible career in that field. The point is to get very active in finding your future. Just sitting in a college class is not enough — you have to take bold steps. I know that sounds scary but you can do it. And in the process, you will gain self-confidence and will strengthen your skills. I remember when I was in my first year of college — I felt very lost too! I was studying interior design but knew it wasn’t right for me. I panicked but then I did a lot of the things I recommended to you, and found my ideal major — journalism. More importantly, I learned to be courageous, strong and to take responsibility for my future. You can do it, Sarah. I believe in YOU! Warmly, Cathy

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