Alumni of the Month
Alumni of the Month – Ornella Siso
Hi, my name is Ornella Siso and I am from Belgium. Six year ago I spent my gap year on Aardvark Israel (Spring 2014). Little did I know that after Aardvark, my life would be changed. During my senior year in high school, I was sure that I wanted to go straight to university, but 6 months in I suddenly felt the urge to do something different and go beyond my comfort zone. I felt like a gap year would be the perfect solution.
Aardvark ticked all of the boxes. My five and a half months incorporated working at an event production company, being introduced to entrepreneurship through their classes, and exploring Israel. It gave me the opportunity to be independent and figure out my passions.
In addition, it gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world – and today they are still some of my most meaningful friends.
After Aardvark, I declined an offer from a university in London and decided to stay in Israel and study at IDC. Due to my passion for start-ups, I decided to study Business & Entrepreneurship and then move on to take on a job at Facebook in Dublin.
Aardvark opened my mind and allowed me to learn about Israeli culture, people & the start-up nation. I really see this year as the starting point to many of my most meaningful experiences and therefore the best year of my life.