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    Shane Fan

    UC Berkeley (2021)


    I was very young, barely 15 when I graduated high school. Like everyone, I made use of that time even though I didn’t go straight to university. Besides taking classes at a local college, I founded a successful startup that is now made up of over 40 staffs. On the side, I participated in research at Harvard and made some interesting discoveries. During my off-time, I worked on a site that ended up gathering hundreds of thousands of unique users. I also made user-interactive maps that attracted insane attention from multiple media outlets. Because of what I did, I learned invaluable technical skills ranging from programming to design to m…

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    Shreya Diwan

    University of British Columbia (2024)


    Attended a summer program at UBC (my chosen course was "The Science of Computation"), taught Mathematics and English to underprivileged children in my locality, worked for a startup as a Marketing and Business Development Intern for 4 months, travelled in my country, recovered from a minor surgery(ugh), read books, and gained a better understanding about what I wanted to study at uni

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    Tomás Pfeffer

    Stanford University (2024)


    Worked in the London, Berlin and Paris offices of the early stage deep-tech incubator ‘Entrepreneur First’, and gained a lot of insights into the European tech/engineering landscape. Travelled to Nigeria, Belgium, Argentina and Brazil while reading broadly about subjects such as political theory and decentralised governance, philosophy, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and technological progress. Also read widely on investment and accounting before working in Special Situations Investments in São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro. For the rest of the year, I spent most of my time reading and working on personal projects.

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    Matias Lancewickj

    Cornell University (2024)


    I traveled to Jerusalem Israel, where I did a religious and cultural studies program on Judaism. Apart from studies, the program exposed me to cultural expiriences like never before and gave me the opportunity to travel the historic and geographically rich land of Israel.

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    Maia Hollins-Kirk

    Harvard College (2024)


    I started off my gap year in Beijing, studying Mandarin. Whilst there, I continued my volunteering for a non-profit, which aimed at giving youths access to an international networking platform. It also encouraged students to embrace themselves in other cultures. Whilst in China, I volunteered as an English teacher for the local high schools. During the winter holidays I gained the chance for eight weeks of travelling. I spent time in other parts of China Vietnam, Cambodia, and South Korea. Plans quickly changed though once the Covid-19 crisis spread throughout China, so I quickly went to japan to wait for the situation to hopefully calm dow…

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    Blake Jones

    Columbia College (2022)


    I interned at a political lobbying firm in London, worked for a NGO consultancy in Kathmandu and set up a rare food outlet at a Michelin starred restaurant in Kensington. In addition I spent time volunteering for political campaigns and travelled in Japan, South East Asia and Italy.

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    Alex B

    University of Bath (2024)


    I focussed on training for athletics. I also had a job at a coffee shop three times a week. I travelled around the country visiting mates at uni. I was going to travel but the lockdown stopped that (a 3 weeks trip to Costa Rica)

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    Caroline Allen

    Harvard College (2024)


    Worked at sleep away camp in Canada. Volunteered at an ecological reserve in the Southern Amazon of Peru. Ski instructed in Japan for 3 months and the travelled for a month.

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    Amanda Stickels

    Harvard College (2024)


    During my gap year, I stayed at home, working, taking personal interest classes at my local community college, volunteering as a tennis/badminton coach at my high school, interning at a start-up, and few more random projects!

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    Ashley English

    MIT (2025)


    I am working as an engineering intern at a local company while playing competitive soccer. On weekends, I camp, play soccer games, and hike with my dog.

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    Rasika Bharadwaj

    NYU (2024)


    I completed an intensive ‘Fashion and Construction’ short course at the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, where I had the opportunity to learn the ropes of theoretical fashion design, to network within the industry, and to live in NYC. I then spent close to three months interning as a marine biology research diver with GVI in the Seychelles. I worked alongside the team there to monitor the marine environment for signs of bleaching, overfishing, debris, and mechanical damage, and I helped collect data which will be used by the government to inform environmental policy. I achieved a PADI Coral Reef Research Diver certification, PADI Adva…

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    Bo Lendall

    Uni of Aberdeen (2023)


    Started a nonprofit in Ukraine that focuses on 3D printing tactile teaching aids for blind students

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    Nina Jensen

    Harvard College (2024)


    I went on a road trip with my mom to the US for a month in August. We travelled to California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. I too my SAT subject tests there in Spanish and literature since it was not possible to do so abroad for the August date. I studied on the road. When I got back I studied for the SAT quite intensely and most days (I worked a lot on math with Khan Academy). After the SAT was done, I worked on a portrait of H.R.H Princess Marie of Denmark which took me a month. I handed it over to her at Amalienborg Palace early November. In December, I went to Tenerife for a week with my parents to relax after all the …

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    Martin Bjelajac

    Harvard College (2024)


    I volunteered with disabled athletes in preparation for European University Games. I participated in final renovation of rooms, construction of ramps for disabled athletes and printing of fliers in Braille.

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    Lulu Patterson

    Harvard College (2024)


    First, I worked for a farm vet and a clinical vet in New Zealand for about six weeks (because I am considering veterinary school.) After that, I went to London and worked for a finance company for three months. Then I went back home to San Francisco and worked at a bakery and spent a lot of time with my family which was nice. I was about to leave to go to the Bahamas for a marine bio/ shark research internship but then COVID hit so of course, I didn't go. I proceeded to decide I would train for a half marathon with the free time I suddenly had but then was put in a boot for running too much. After my foot healed I went out to Long Island to …

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    Rosan Bishwakarma

    Harvard College (2022)


    worked for the Austrian Commercial Office in Taipei lived with a Taiwanese host family and studied Mandarin in Taipei traveled to Africa on a ferry hung out with friends and family back home in Austria worked at a VC firm in Berlin (but ended up being remote) might be taking another semester off because of covid

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    Kailee Reedy

    Columbia International University (2019)


    After highschool I participated in a nine month gap year program called Impact 360. This program promotes the growth of Christian Leadership through intense learning of apologetics and the Christian life both in the classroom and through immersion experiences. It was during this program that I learned what community was and looked like, had discussion based learning in the classroom, and had practical training through travel in and out of the US. This year between college allowed me to understand who I am and gave me the space to establish deep roots in community before pursuing another source of education.

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    Edward Garemo

    Carnegie Mellon University (2023)


    I spent the first few months living in Madrid (Spain), part of an intensive language learning program. I got placed in a flat with a few other language learners, and on the whole it was a great fun experience. After that I spent four months (with a month over Christmas - spent with my family skiing - in between) in Oxford doing research in computational mechanics. I came up with an algorithm to solve complex hull collision detection which was an order of magnitude faster and more accurate than the previous industry best. I spent the first month developing, coding and validating the algorithm, the next two writing benchmarks and getting p…

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    Anushka Srivastava

    Brown University (2024)


    I spent 5 months in France volunteering full-time for a nonprofit that worked with immigrants (especially refugees and asylum seekers). I helped organize day-long activities to keep morale high, gave english and french lessons to those interested, and looked after younger kids while their moms would destress and/or get help navigating French bureaucracy/administration from experienced volunteers in regards to obtaining permanent resident status in France. I also gave English private lessons to French 10-12 y/old students in my free time! Since my return, I have been writing a 60-100 page thesis on the role of French language mastery on the i…

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    Jonathan Ward

    Virginia Tech (2023)


    Did 2 semesters of a Bible school in New Zealand through Torchbearers International. Road tripped through New Zealand 2 different times for a total of 5 weeks. Spent 3 separate weeks living in local communities and building into a local church and the congregation. Had a different lecture every week about some aspect of Christianity (the book of James, prayer, missions, world religions). Lived on a campus with 30-60 other international students. Ages ranged from 18-30 years old.

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    Kalina Mladenova

    Yale University (2024)


    Took two gap years after I graduated in 2018; worked as a barista in Starbucks, volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa (Glen Afric), taught English at Britanica (a language school in Sofia, Bulgaria), back-packed in Indonesia (did an adventure tour with TruTravels), Malaysia, and South Korea. Worked as a camp counselor in Brighton, UK (with Sprachcaffe), worked as a math teacher intern at the American College of Sofia (led a math help center and a SAT Math prep elective), went on Semester at Sea (sailing on a ship to 11 different countries, while taking college classes), will be a camp counselor in Nice, France this summer (wit…

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    Ben Ray

    Harvard College (2024)


    SURELIGHT TECH: Founded and managing a start-up manufacturing and marketing a new generation of smart bicycle lights, following the success of SureLight – a branch of Young Enterprise (YE) UK in the 2018 UK and European YE Company Programme. IPSOS MORI UK: Work Experience as an Intern, Innovation and Market Strategy. Conducted market research studies for LEGO, GSK, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever to support the launch of new products and understand consumer behaviour. NATURAL INSTINCT: Project Manager. I led a project to differentiate Natural Instinct in the raw pet food market. QUINTESSENTIAL25: Consultant. Contracted to formulate a mar…

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    Ezra Chan

    University of Pennsylvania (2024)


    I spent the first half of my gap year doing Spanish language immersion throughout Bolivia and Peru with a "Where There Be Dragons" program, while also backpacking and trekking. I did an impromptu solo backpacking trip in Europe during the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic. I lived and studied at "Education First" language school in Malaga, Spain until national emergency was declared Plans cancelled due to pandemic: - Going back to my former home of Shanghai and relearning Mandarin, as well as interning at the American Chamber of Commerce - Going to Israel and working at an archaeology site Quarantine pursuits: - Learning to compu…

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    Ethan Knight

    Willamette University (2001)


    I traveled to India, Nepal, Tibet, and Thailand.

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    Alana Daly Mulligan

    University College Cork (2021)


    Took time out to reevaluate my future. Worked on developing my writing and getting published. Created an archive for LGBTQ* History in my city. Caught up on reading. Taught myself self-care!!! Learned how to bake cookies. Improved my photography and filmmaking.

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    Jillian Daly

    UNC Chapel Hill (2023)


    Backpacked through Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Worked at home.

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    Linden Schrage

    Harvard College (2024)


    Did a three month program in South East Asia with Pacific Discovery and then solo travelled through Thailand. After, I worked on a 2020 Presidential campaign and solo travelled in Australia.

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    Rachel Harris

    Harvard College (2024)


    I worked as an au pair in Madrid (with very little formal Spanish experience -- you can definitely do it!) and taught English in Shanghai (I also briefly became a brand influencer in China). When COVID hit, I left China and started working full time for the US Census Bureau and doing history research at Caltech. My gap year was pretty spontaneous and allowed me to explore so many different and unexpected opportunities, and it was such a great experience overall! :)

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    Shannon Yang

    University of Oxford (2021)


    I interned in community engagement at a regional government agency, and then I participated in Global Citizen Year's fellowship in Senegal, where I lived with a host family, studied French and Wolof, and had English teaching and NGO apprenticeships. I also attended startup and entrepreneurship events in Senegal, and co-founded an English radio show there where students could discuss relevant issues social and political issues, particularly to serve those without internet access. We won 3rd place at Global Startup Weekend Women in Dakar, raised over $2500 in crowdfunding, and later won the T-Mobile/Ashoka Changemaker Challenge. After getting …

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    Zain A. Samdani

    undecided (2024)


    Nominated and selected as a Global Teen Leader to attend the Just Peace Summit in NYC, became a Google Science Fair Global Finalist and competed at Google HQ in San Francisco, researched on a hand paralysis project in collaboration with doctors, scientists, and physiotherapists in India/Saudi Arabia, won 1st place in the Diamond Challenge for the social innovation category, achieved runner up in Adi Shankara Young Scientist Award(International), traveled the US East Coast as part of Asia Net New’s Space Salute Programme and got invited to the JFK Space Center, started a poetry blog, learned to live alone, won the Spark Innovation Award(Natio…

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    Cameron Najafi

    University of Chicago (2023)


    Backpacked around SE/East Asia on my own; pretended to be a Harvard/MIT student (crashed classes); pondered what it means to be a good human being; went on meditation retreats and spent some time in a monastery

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    Gunnhildur Fríða Hallgrímsdóttir

    Harvard College (2024)


    (gap semester from january to now) Learned french in Paris, took a train around Europe, did lots of climate activism, worked as a waitress, worked as a caretaker, coached a debate team, worked as a sustainability consultant and hiked around Iceland

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    Alex Foster

    University of Oxford (2023)


    I began writing and performing comedy at open mic nights, progressing to paid stand-up events at places like the South Kensington Comedy Club and the Cavendish Arms. Having immersed myself in American politics in preparation for the November election, I started a private blog focusing on the intricacies of the Democratic primary, and assisted in the writing of two Politico Magazine articles following Super Tuesday. The aim was to go to New York in the summer to take part in the NYT School of Journalism but corona put a stop to it. Elsewhere I started writing a book in the style of Evelyn Waugh, became a brand ambassador for creative arts and…

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    Rosa Calcraft

    University of Oxford (2023)


    I spent the autumn of my gap year working as a runner for various London production companies (which mainly consisted of making innumerable cups of tea and hearing saucy behind the camera tales). Having savings from a few years working as a voice over artist, I was lucky enough to spend early 2020 travelling four countries in South America with my closest friend. Where COVID lockdown foiled plans to travel and work in New York, volunteer at the Feminist Library and improve my Spanish at a language school in Seville, I spent the time writing a sitcom about my experience at theatre school.

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    Sofia Morales

    University of Edinburgh (2024)


    Worked in hospitality over summer then went interrailing. Back home to work at primary school as an assistant September to December, whilst also picking up hospitality shifts and lots of babysitting. Beginning January to end of March travelled solo around Australia and New Zealand then came home cos of corona

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    Hrithik Datta

    UC Berkeley (2022)


    I worked on reading many research papers related to computer science and operating systems! I also traveled to San Diego!

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    Ashley Cai

    Brown University + Rhode Island School of Design (2025)


    Interned as a designer/animator at 3 different companies and 3 different cities across the US (SF, San Jose, and Boston), was going to travel to Italy for several weeks but was unable to due to COVID. I also wrote and illustrated a short comic book, taught high school debate, and took a couple of online coding classes.

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    Amanda Sun

    Dartmouth College (2023)


    Planned the year myself, and did not do gap year programs. Remote contracted with a company in UX design while solo backpacking across Europe. Launched a Kickstarter while taking community college classes. Au paired a French family while interning at the father's bread baking school (Ecole International de Boulangerie, Noyers-sur-Jabron, France) Interned with a lasercutting artist in New Orleans at the Joan Mitchell Foundation while doing a Workaway for housing.

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    Daniel Baker

    University of Cambridge (2022)


    Spent 6 months as an au pair in german-speaking Switzerland. Then walked for 4 months across Europe (Germany & Poland)

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    Benjamin Levy

    Harvard College (2023)


    I spent about half of the year in Yeshiva in Jerusalem, then spent a few weeks working on a couple tech projects in Tel Aviv. Afterwards, I spent about a month traveling in Palestine (mostly Nablus) and then a month volunteering as a shepherd on a farm. I then spent the summer interning at a FinTech firm in Singapore.

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    Shraddha Joshi

    Harvard College (2024)


    I spent most of the 2019-2020 school year studying Arabic in Morocco with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Academic Year program, a full scholarship from the Department of State which allows American high school students to study critical languages abroad. While in Morocco, I took intensive language classes in Modern Standard Arabic and the local dialect, in addition to Arabic-medium classes at a university and high school in Rabat. I lived with a host family, participated in a service internship and extracurriculars in the community, and worked on an independent research project about Palestinian solidarity in Mo…

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    Colin Kirkpatrick

    Pomona College (2024)


    I'm definitely not one of those super intimidating people that cured cancer or whatever on their gap year. Instead, I just wanted to expand my horizons a little bit, take a load of for a little while and have some fun! I taught English in Taiwan for almost three months, then spent the remaining time on my visa hitchhiking down and back up the Taiwanese east coast. I mainly slept on the beaches in my tent, but sometimes in apartments or hostels with friends I met while hitchhiking. Afterwards, I worked retail in New Zealand. I also joined a local running club and volunteered often with the local Japanese community. In my final two weeks in Ne…

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    Ashlee Kupor

    Stanford University (2023)


    Spent 2 months in Tel Aviv working at a venture capital firm. Then spent a month in South Korea volunteering teach English. Did some traveling through Japan and China and then spent 2 months in London working at a venture capital firm. I spent the last 2 months backpacking throughout Europe and traveling by train.

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    Abby Thayananthan

    NYU (2024)


    I knew that I wanted to travel a lot in my gap year. I love meeting new people, experiencing new things and challenging myself. But first, I had to earn money to save up. I spent several months working in London before I packed my bags to earn money. During this time, I did several university dance competitions and became an ambassador for the Little Things charity. I also did a paid internship in an advertising agency that creates adverts for top brands such as Amazon, Co-op and Lucozade. I worked to create pitch decks, conduct research on brands and their competitors’ adverts and various other tasks. Finally, I worked in a vegan restaurant…

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    Santiago Hernandez

    Stanford University (2023)


    Started an AI-consulting company and worked as a telenovela actor in Mexico. Did both because wouldn't have had opportunities to immersively explore these parallel interests at university to the same deep extent. Currently studying computer science, and my gap year background gave me the experiential breadth to be knowledgeable about high-tech startups, but also theatre and popular culture.

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    Dash Chin

    Harvard College (2023)


    For around 1/3 of my gap year, I really wanted to travel the world so I booked some flights to the Philippines, Japan, the UK, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. I didn't do any programs in any of these countries; I sort of just took in all of the sights with my friends or family. I tried to focus a bit on developing some new hobbies when I got back home. I got really into producing electronic music for the first time and made some pretty Terrible songs, but I had a lot of fun and now I make music every day. I also got really into DJ'ing and audio engineering. I found time away from school to be a really great way to deep dive into things…

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    Constantine Holle

    University College London (2026)


    I began working as a full-time carer in a care home specialising in residents with dementia in August 2019. I figured it'd be the perfect job both to boost my medical application and also to give me more experience in a care setting. Other parts of the job intrigued me - dementia in all its forms is a unique and terrible (and poorly defined) disease symptom with varying effects, and I believed that experiencing death first-hand would be important for me as someone who wants to work with it as a doctor. I would put aside the money I earned for some travelling from April onwards – I was keen to explore Japan and then move on to other parts of …

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    Meredith Lee

    Berry College (2024)


    I spent the past year at Impact 360 Institute, which is a gap year program that focuses on cultivating leaders who follow and love Jesus. During this year, I was able to ask myself the hard questions about life in a safe environment! It was a time of growth and maturing before entering college. The community is one of a kind, and I have met so many lifelong friends. I was able to dig deeper into why I believe the things I claim to believe and were given the opportunity to travel as well! We spent a month in Brazil on a cultural immersion trip, and I learned so much. I met amazing people and cannot wait to go back!

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    Tanishq Kumar

    Harvard College (2024)


    During the first half of my gap year, I found my in San Francisco, looking to lose myself in the deep waters of Silicon Valley. I attended startup pitch nights, watching powerless first-time founders get torn apart by tribes of Patagonia-vest-wearing capitalists, and VC networking mixers, where people pretended to like each other to get a chance to invest in the next unicorn. I spent coffee-fuelled nights tapping away at keyboards with software engineers and learning to breathe the rarified air that gives the world's tech industry life. I went to San Francisco to learn about technology companies, and ended up learning a lot about myself. And…

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    Goutam Singh

    University of Toronto (2023)


    Started my gap year with an internship at an Artificial Intelligence firm where I worked on a few projects (eg: developing a facial recognition software) and managed the firm's social media accounts and marketing department. Started a digital literacy initiative through which I set up computer labs at a few impoverished regions in my state and also developed a curriculum for the students. Improved my standardised test scores (34 ACT and 800 SAT Math 2) Did online courses on Computer Science. Traveled to the UK, China, and Hong Kong since I hadn't traveled much during high school.

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    Talia Sawiris

    Brown University (2024)


    Lived in San Francisco whilst interning for a tech start-up for three months, spent a month in Egypt completing dive master certificate, worked at a Fintech company for three months in London, moved to Egypt to learn Arabic at American University of Cairo and volunteered for a charitable foundation, completed CS50 on EdX!

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    Audrey Pe

    Stanford University (2024)


    Through my gap year, I've gotten to focus on building the nonprofit organisation that I founded at 15. WiTech (Women in Technology), is now registered under the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission as a nonprofit after months of paperwork and processing (in the Philippines, nonprofits can only be registered when the founders are 18+) during my gap year. Upon receiving the registration, I have gotten to pitch on behalf of WiTech for grants in the US and Australian embassies. In the past couple of months, WiTech has also garnered recognition as one of the top ten youth organizations in the national capital region (TAYO awards) and a 2…

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