First Days on Lake Como

Lake Como is the perfect place to recover from the jet lag. (The Italian coffee doesn’t hurt, either.) The lake itself is cool and glacier blue, large enough that it never seems crowded on the water. The Alps rise up into the clouds, watchful sentinels.   There’s a laid-back feel to all the many waterfront…

Why a Gap Semester?

I’ve been asked a lot recently why I’m taking a gap semester – so here’s the whole story! Like many recent high school grads, I am frequently accosted, by strangers and friends alike, with the same inevitable question: “So, what are you doing in the fall?” The assumption behind this innocent query is one that I held…