Name: Sarah Renee Lopez
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School attended: Jersey Village High School
Planned Major: I have always had an affinity for children, so my college major will have something to do with Education.
One Interesting fact about me: One interesting fact about me is that my first car was a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country, a minivan. Even though I was apprehensive about having to drive this majestic beast to and from school, I gradually learned to appreciate and eventually love this car and affectionately name her “Big Bertha”. I was soon known for “Big Bertha” and for my exceptionally bad parking. Although I have since gotten a new car, I will always remember Big Bertha.
Why did you sign-up for Compass? At first I was a little apprehensive about signing up for a gap-year program because I did not fully understand what a gap year program exactly was, or what I personally had to gain from participating in this program. After some encouragement from my family I decided there was no harm in applying and walking through the interview process. I definitely knew I wanted to be a part of Compass after my interview. The thought of going directly to College was concerning for me but when I would talk about the possibility of Compass I felt so excited and full of hope. I prayed, asking God for direction. I knew He was leading me in the direction of Compass.
This time next year what do you want to say about your Gap Year Experience?I want to be able to say that I not only learned, but ultimately this program changed me and challenged me in ways that I never thought possible. I want to come out of this experience more invested in my faith, not just comprehending it, but cultivating it through the challenges of life. I am also hoping to come out of Compass with lifelong friends and relationships that have been forged through faith and doing life together. Ultimately through this gap year experience I want to be able to know more about myself and my relationship with God.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about taking a Gap Year? I would tell them that if they feel that the transition into college is very drastic, or that they are not sure who they are or what they want to do with their lives, then do your research and ask yourself what you really want out of life. One thing to remember is that others cannot decide what is best for you. Be honest with yourself and open to God. Also be prepared to answer lots and lots of questions about why you want to take a Gap Year.