Alumni Spotlight: Somane Julian Neil Andersson


Why did you choose this program?

I felt that the Warriors Gap Year Program best suited the needs of my life at that time. It offers so much more through the program than just having fun, which is exactly what I was looking for.

Another key reason is that I needed to escape the circumstances of where I was; the Warriors program allowed me to do just that.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

In my situation, there was no one who was dedicated to assisting me, so when it came to organizing everything, I was on my own. It wasn't a hard process at all when it came down to it. Warriors Academy was very helpful, patient and friendly throughout our communications.

All in all, everything happened smoothly and there was never a problem with organizing it all.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would advise anyone going on this program to stay completely open-minded towards it. That is the only way to constantly benefit and learn from what's happening around you.

Going on this program could give you so much in so many different ways but you have to stay open-minded towards every part of it, in order to gain the most.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

To put it bluntly, there was not one day or week of this program that I could have considered as "average".

While never losing the structure and routine of the program, you are constantly experiencing new things and being challenged in new ways. Each and every week made me feel so excited about what is to come.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear and concern was how I would amount to what I was stepping into. How I was meant to excel both personally and professionally. Warriors Academy helped me overcome these fears in many ways but mainly through perspective.

I was always so focused on how I looked to everyone around me rather than focusing on how I look at myself, before even thinking of others. That new perspective opened many other ways in which my views towards everything could change.

Is there any other advice for prospective travelers?

To really gain and benefit from the Warriors Gap Year Program, you must decide to fully participate and stay open to what is on offer. By doing that, you will allow yourself to grow in ways you haven't been able to before.

If you are looking for a gap year program that does not help you grow or change for the better and you're simply looking for some fun activities with no learning attribute, then this program might not be for you.