Who are you?

Hello my name is Will Taylor, I am an exchange student currently living in Germany. I am the oldest of three children and graduated from the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. I am interested in sports, communications, and business and hope to pursue those things while I am on my gap year and, indeed, when I come back to the States to attend FSU.

What are you doing for your gap year?

This year I am part of a program called the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. I am currently four months in to my year abroad. The first two months were spent in Bonn, Germany (in the west). There, I took German classes to make sure I had some knowledge of the language. I hadn’t taken German in the States and didn’t know any of the language when I arrived. Since then, I have lived just outside of Berlin where I attended a German High School for six weeks. Now, I begin my internships that I will be working with for the next 7 months.

Where will you be located?

I am located in a town called Wolzig just outside of Koenigs Wusterhausen just to the south of Berlin. I am living with a host family of 4 people. My host mom (Silke), father (Jens),brother (Eric,18) and sister (Esther, 16).

When are you starting?

I started on June 28th, 2016 and arrived in Germany on July 1st. I will return to the States on June 9, 2017.

Why did you decide to do a gap year?

I really wanted to experience a different culture and immerse myself in an environment that would take me out of my comfort zone so that I could truly grow and develop as a person. Also, the international work experience is very helpful for my future career.

How do you think this gap year will enhance your college experience?

I believe this year will teach me a lot about who I am as a person. I want to use the lessons I learn and the experiences that I have here in a productive way when I return home. I believe I will become a well rounded, motivated individual through this program and I believe that will help me during my years of hard work in college at FSU.

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