Senior prepares for Gap Year


Rosak’s mom, Jennifer, often brings home souvenirs after her flights to and from France, such as French wine, food, and magazines.

While many seniors are finalizing their college applications and awaiting the results, senior Celine Rosak is researching her choice school’s policies on postponing attendance.

“Most schools allow you to defer if you have a good enough reason. If you’re just going to sit around and eat potato chips and watch TV, they’re not going to be cool with that, but if you need to save money for college or if you want to travel, like me, then that’s probably okay,” Rosak said.

Rosak plans to take a gap year before college, and she plans to spend it in France.

Being the only child of an American flight attendant and a full-blooded French father, Rosak has had an international upbringing. “I’ve been to nine different countries, and I’ve been to France probably around 20 times. I used to spend my summers in Brittany with my French family,” she said.

Though Rosak learned to speak French fluently during those summers, she still has trouble with reading and writing, but she hopes to change that soon.

“I figured I should take my gap year in France so I could officially become literate in French,” Rosak said. “So my parents and I did some research, and we found the Academie de Paris, and that’s when I realized that it was actually possible for me to do this.”

Complete fluency isn’t the only goal she wants to accomplish, though.

“I’m also hoping that I’ll finally become truly French, that I’ll understand all of the cultural things that I may not have picked up on before. Many French people I encounter are often surprised at how well I speak French. They see me as foreign, and I don’t want to be viewed that way.”

Technically, though, because her father is French and her mother is American, Rosak is actually a dual citizen.

“I get two passports. I can vote in both elections. I’m enlisted in the draft for France, though, so that sucks. But if at some point either country started drafting people, I can drop one of my nationalities and not be drafted.”

But Rosak isn’t too worried about that; her focus is on the present.

“I’ve considered the possibility of moving to France in the future, but I don’t really know what direction my life is going to take just yet, and that’s fine with me. I’m happy now, and that’s what matters.”