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“Every morning I wake up and think to myself, wow, I am really doing this. A year ago I never would have thought that I would be in Nicaragua, as a matter of fact I wouldn’t have even be able to tell you exactly where it is on a map. I had a one track mind and that track was college. Attending a preparatory school prior, I surrounded myself with people of the exact same mindset. Taking a gap year was an idea that didn’t exist in my reality, but that all changed upon hearing about the Tufts 1+4 program. Now, after half way through the program, I can say with confidence that taking a gap year was one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. I am learning new things about myself everyday and having experiences with substance. These experiences are making me realize I am living a full life, full of a new language, friends, family, culture, and work that makes me feel like I am making a difference, no matter how big or small.”
by Di Wu
“I could not be happier that I took a year for myself between high school and college. It’s not that I didn’t feel ready for college, but that now, I really know how to engage and appreciate my experience here. My bridge year taught me about my passions and gave me time to explore the way the world works before I had to apply those things to my life here on campus. Plus, now I can connect with my all of my Tufts peers in a totally new and exciting way because of my bridge year experience.”-Madeline Weir
Madeline is now a first-year student at Tufts, where she is studying International Relations.
This is 1+4 alumnus Justin Mejia:
Justin was a Spain fellow in 2015-2016, and wrote this at the conclusion of his bridge-year:
“This Bridge year was the best thing that could have happened after graduating high school. Being able to explore new and amazing places while making a difference was truly incredible. I learned so much about the world and about myself which makes me feel ready and excited for college. ”
Justin has brought his 1+4 experiences with him and has done some incredible things on the Tufts campus already!