I found the Southwest Gap Year with Dev Carey through my Learning Advisor at school. She believed that I, Eliya, who wasn’t quite ready for college would benefit from a different learning environment. I agreed and enrolled in Dev’s program, hoping I might be lucky enough to find a niche among my peers for the first time in years. I am now living at Dev’s off-the-grid abode tucked into the hills above Paonia.
A major part of the reason I came to be a GYA, or gap year adventurer, besides not being ready for college, was an intense desire to be free and explore myself. Big sister is one of my titles, but I have played mother for sometime and I believe the gap year program will help me to reassign my identity. Being vulnerable and open to my and others feelings, ideas, and ways of life is something I struggle with, but being with other of my age will allow me to do this.