Senior Sophie Nachman will receive a Global Gap Year Fellowship of $7500 from the Campus Y at UNC Chapel Hill. The program rewards students based on merit and community involvement to defer enrollment for a gap year while they develop leadership skills, explore different cultures, and serve communities around the world.
Sophie plans to spend her gap year in Morocco.
I heard about the Global Gap Year in one of the many emails you receive after being accepted to college about things to apply for. Amongst all the emails, this one stood out to me because it advertised spending time abroad. The GGYF plan for the year is entirely self-designed so each of the recipients will be doing different things in different parts of the world.
In brainstorming places to go, I knew I wanted to go somewhere where I could put my French proficiency to good use. Morocco was suggested to me by a family friend who was also able to put me in touch with an NGO I can work with. I am very excited about Morocco because of its cultural and geographical diversity. French is only one of many languages spoken in Morocco, including several Arabic dialects but I love languages so I'm up for the challenge of learning. I am required to do at least 6 months of service work over the course of the year. I hope to work with a few different NGO's in different parts of the county as a way of being of service while experiencing different aspects of Moroccan culture.
I am still brainstorming what to do after my 6 months in Morocco, I may try to tour Europe a bit, who knows. I will be keeping a blog while I am away to keep in touch with people at home. I promise I'll have lots to share when I come home in the spring of 2017. I will then start school as a freshman at Carolina in August of 2017. I am also happy to talk to any juniors (or sophomores) that think this is an opportunity they might be interested in.