Novogratz Bridge Year Program, Indonesia
Hi! I’m Aneekah Uddin (she/her/hers). I grew up in Montclair, NJ. Growing up, my community fostered my own community service inside and outside of school, inspiring me to launch local civics projects. After choosing to attend Princeton though I had never considered taking a gap year prior, I was convinced to apply to Bridge Year because of the uniqueness of the opportunity. On Bridge Year, I lived in Yogyakarta (Jogja), Indonesia, where I volunteered with Yayasan (Sekretariat Anak Merdeka Indonesia) SAMIN, a foundation focused on protecting children’s rights. I helped with research projects, staffed events, and assisted in web development. Bridge Year challenged me to broaden my mindset and to reflect often on myself, the many new experiences, and the people in my life during and before the trip. Now at Princeton, I am still exploring interests in technology, business, policy, and the arts through my extracurriculars and coursework.
What advice would you give to prospective Bridge Year applicants?
It is so important to take care of yourself. Bridge Year is not an easy experience-- you will be challenged in ways you didn't think were even possible. Don't hesitate to reach out and to use the resources you are given. They are here for you!
What is one skill / talent that you developed while on Bridge Year?
Silversmithing! I absolutely love working with my hands to create something and was able to make jewelry to bring home with me.