At the start of the program, I was skeptical as to whether or not I would see positive change in myself. I was nervous about investing money into education that wasn't college or university. I can definitively say now that I am proud of myself for taking a year off of school and taking a gap year through Discover Year. Discover Year helped me hone my communication skills in the workplace, at home, etc. which gave me the confidence I needed to meet new people and build stronger relationships. The staff there always gave me the push I needed to take action on things I wanted to try out and would always check back in with me to see my progress and where I could improve. The program helped guide me through reaching my goals, and whether those goals are completed or not, I am confident enough to go out on my own to achieve them. There were definitely times throughout the year where I struggled and felt isolated, but I found that being open about those struggles to the staff and students at Discover Year helped me persevere and get through those times. The interactions between staff and students on a weekly basis creates a wonderful environment to be open and learn new things. I would say to any prospective student that you will see a lot of positive growth in yourself if you are: open, humble, engaged, patient, and also, interested in learning new concepts. So, if you need to take a year off of school or want to get a better grasp on your interests and strengthen your interpersonal skills then I would recommend taking a gap year through Discover Year.