About Our Alumni
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Alumna Talia Winningham, Class of ’07
After my year at MUM I was feeling unclear about what I wanted out to get out of school, so I decided to take a year off to figure it out. My year off was one of the most difficult of my life, and I ended up feeling lost most of the time. Nonetheless, I managed to work at an apple orchard in Vermont for the fall, hold a few odd jobs, volunteer at an elementary school in my hometown, and go on a two-week road trip down south.
By the end of the year I had decided I was ready to be a in more structured program, so I decided to do Leapyear. Leapyear is a fully accredited gap-year program that alternates spiritual retreats with travels abroad and focuses on the cultivation of the whole human being. During my Leapyear I had retreats in northern California and spent my first semester abroad in Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. I volunteered with various organizations, took Spanish classes, and trekked the desert of Argentina and the Inca trail to Machu Pichu in Peru. In my second semester I returned to Peru and did an apprenticeship with a silversmith, taught English through a volunteer organization, and took salsa and Spanish classes.
When I finished Leapyear I transferred into Warren Wilson College, which is where I am now. At Warren Wilson I have developed my own major through their Integrative Studies program and am scheduled to receive my undergraduate degree in 2014. Even with plans in place, I still like to take things one year at a time.
Eamon Heberlein, ’09
Eamon Heberlein graduated from YIHS in 2009 and was accepted to Deep Springs College on the Nevada-California border. Deep Springs offers only an associates degree in the liberal arts, yet its holistic and rigorous curriculum draws some of the best young minds in the country to spend two years rustling cattle and wrestling with the questions at the very core of the human condition.
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