Hi! My name is Noah Glazier and I am from Carmel, Indiana. Two and a half years ago, I decided that I wanted to finish high school a little bit early. I took some extra classes and made that a reality. My parent’s only stipulation was that I have concrete plans on what to do after I graduated. After a lot of research I came across the Aardvark Israel Program. Aardvark was exactly what I was looking for and more. I moved to Tel Aviv for what was meant to be the second semester of my senior year in high school, and it was by far the best decision I have ever made. Aardvark taught me a lot about myself, and many others. I met some of my best friends from all around the world. This past year, I began attending Indiana University. Throughout the year, I had the opportunity to travel all around North America visiting my Aardvark friends. My best times were had, and my best friends were made on Herzl street in Tel Aviv and it was all thanks to my “gap semester” with Aardvark! If I haven’t yet shared how much I love Israel and how much of an impact Aardvark Gap Year had on that, I made the decision to come back to Israel beginning in September to finish my degree at IDC Herzliya. To say that Aardvark played a role in making that decision would not be giving enough credit to the program. Aardvark Israel Gap Year not only helped me grow as an individual, a friend, a roommate, or an intern, but also helped to shape the rest of my education and subsequently, my life.
I owe a great amount of gratitude to Aardvark, the people I met while in Israel, my madrichim and most importantly, the lessons I learned and the opportunities I had while living in Israel.