Alumni Spotlight: Lindy Odendaal

Lindy is currently a full time student at the University of the Nort-West. She will be completing her Bachelor of commerce (BCom) honours Degree in Tourism managemet in 2020.

Why did you choose this program?

This program had such a variety of opportunities and experiences to offer. Learning a variety of different skills and the opportunity to acquire knowledge in fields otherwise not possible. The feedback was quick and the staff went out of their way to accommodate you in any way necessary.

It was by far the most appealing gap year program that I found online.

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

As this program often accommodates international students, they are very organised in providing any necessary services. They have all the necessities at hand, and if something is needed, they can arrange for it or accommodate you in your needs.

The only thing you need to worry about is booking your flight. They do the rest.

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

An opportunity such as this rarely rises and, if presented with the choice, you should definitely take it. Expand your horizons and experience new things, get out of your comfort zone and know that you will be surrounded by likeminded people who have a passion for living life to the fullest and using every opportunity they get.

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

Early mornings followed by adventures in the beautiful nature of magoebas kloof mountains surrounding you. Amazing food and great company. Planning and going on adventures such as hiking, river rafting, safaris and so much more adventurous activities. It's never a dull moment and you get to do it with great people.

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

Insecurities about myself that lead to social anxiety.

Warriors taught me to love my individuality and to embrace it any way that I wished. It taught me that most people are insecure but express themselves differently. I no longer struggle as much with Social anxiety as this amazing gap year and amazing people have taught me to love who I am and others will do the same.

Would you describe this as ons of the most memorable times of your life?

Definitely, every day I use a skill that I acquired at Warriors. I made lifelong friends. It was one of the most carefree times of my life and definitely put some drive back into my life by teaching me how to overcome tough situations and how to push on and take that extra step.