By: Abby Wyllie
Name: Julia Claire Lescalleet
Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
College: Del Mar College
Major: Liberal Arts
Name one interesting fact about you: I have played the violin for over eight years.
Why did you sign-up for Compass? Through my first two years of college, I dedicated myself completely to my classes, which both strengthened and challenged me. Because I was homeschooled during my formative years, I was not exactly used to learning from teachers who were not my parents, and also, not Christians. At first, it made no difference to me; but during my sophomore year, I encountered the reality of what it was like to learn from difficult people. Through the experiences of college and working a part time job, I really matured and began to understand what it means to deal with people in the real world. During the end of 2017, my father was hired on at Camp Cho-Yeh to build and lead a gap year program called Compass. I was nearing the end of my semester, when he asked me if I would be interested in joining the program. At the time, I had little knowledge of what a gap year was and was not keen on the idea. But when it was explained to me in full detail, my interest was sparked. I knew that being a part of Compass was something I felt called to do. Compass was the change I needed, providing me with the tools to further cultivate my faith.
This time next year what do you want to say about your Gap Year Experience?A year from now, I am hoping that my faith will have grown. I also want to become better equipped for the challenges life brings. My primary goal is to incorporate my faith into every aspect of my life, whether practical, professional, or academic.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about taking a Gap Year? In the same way I know Compass will stretch and challenge me, I believe that this program could do the same for any person. To anyone thinking of taking a gap year, I would say DO IT! A gap year is the perfect opportunity to grow in faith, world view, and community.