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A Year of Firsts

By: Admin

Hi everyone! First of all, I’d like to introduce myself and explain a little about what I will be doing this year. My name is Sara, and I’m from Lexington, South Carolina. This fall, I’ll be staying at home to...
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My Gap Year Plans and the PCT

By: Admin

By Ray Hello friends,   My name is Ray, and this is both my first blog with the Duke Gap Year, as well as my first ever blog.    I should probably introduce myself; I live in the Bay Area (Marin...
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Deciding to Take a Gap Year

By: Admin

By Hannah I clearly remember sitting at my brother’s high school graduation three years ago and thinking to myself, “I’m going to take a gap year.” I had never really heard the term until that year, but as soon as...
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Embracing Unpredictability

By: Admin

By Valerie 4.5E14, 1.2E2, 94, 59…  I sat stock-still with my body contorted in an awkward position, the tingling and prickling of pins and needles in my limbs hardly registering as I fixated my gaze on the screen with intense, sober concentration,...
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Starting My Gap Year

By: Admin

By Leah I've only just started my gap year, but I'm already beginning to understand one of the most important skills that I'm going to develop this year: flexibility. Under normal circumstances a gap year is an opportunity for spontaneity,...
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Planning Amid the Unpredictable

By: Admin

By Christina Long-term planning during a global pandemic presents challenges.  We have all asked ourselves what the world will look like in a month and a year.  Will elbow bumps replace handshakes?  Will meetings continue on Zoom?  Will travel return to...
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