Spotlight on Students
Student of the Week – Eden-Lee Schreier
Hey Aardvark family!! I’m Eden-Lee Schreier, born and raised in the beautiful land down under (or as the Americans say, upside down) in Sydney, Australia. I grew up in your typical modern orthodox household with my 22-year-old brother and South African parents. Next year I will be studying Data Science and Decisions at UNSW.
When I was a child, my parents instilled two main values into me. The first being a love for maths (which for anyone who knows me at all, will know I definitely have!) and the other is to be proud of my Jewish heritage, and appreciate how lucky we are to have the land of Israel. So, it’s only natural that after graduating high school last November, I wanted a break from intense studying and decided to come to Israel. I found Aardvark, not because it popped up first on the list of programs, but because my cousin Alon Moss came on Aardvark in 2017, and couldn’t say enough great things (really, he still talks about his gap year to this day). After reading into the program, I realised that this really was the program for me and I quickly discovered that I wasn’t wrong.
I’ve been interning at the digital media company “Wazimo” alongside Mia. More than the work itself, which involves editing and writing topical articles, I have gained valuable experience in a real work environment. I’ve been inspired by my bosses, who’ve given us guidance in both work and in life here in Israel.
I live with and am surrounded by a diverse, yet awesome group of like-minded people from all over the world. Here, I can easily say I’ve formed lifelong friendships. We’ve shared our different cultures (the metric system is objectively superior to the imperial), and shared many hilarious memories together.
Aardvark’s slogan “Make Israel Yours” embodies my unique Israel experience. I have explored Israel, through our weekly tiyuls, travelling to Eilat for a weekend with fellow Aardvark students, and embarking on a group camping trip to Sde Boker. Unlike my other trips to Israel, I feel a part of society, not just a tourist, through spending Shabbat in Jerusalem, being somewhat able to speak Hebrew, and celebrating Purim and Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel!
Aardvark offers a wide range of add-ons allowing me to customise my gap year to suit my interests. One of these is the plus program, where a group of us have the opportunity to be counsellors on an American summer camp. As a non-American, this has always been a dream of mine. We also get to explore the exciting cities of Washington DC, and New York; both of which I have never been to before.
The last 5 months wouldn’t have been possible or as unforgettable without some special people. I would like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout this year, and I will miss you guys as you embark on your next adventures in LA. Also, to all the Aardvark staff for inspiring and directing us, a special shout out to my Madrich Idan, who has amazingly put up with all our shenanigans. Finally, to all the incredible friends I’ve made this year. All of you have made my experience here truly unforgettable, and make it so hard to say goodbye. Whether it be relaxing on the beach together or turning laundry into a social event filled with laughs, I treasure every single memory made over the last 5 months. I will miss you all so much, and always know, even though I live on the other side of the world, I’m only one snapchat away