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How to Have A Gap Year Adventure and Be Safe
How to Have A Gap Year Adventure and Be Safe
BY NICOLAUS JANNASCH
Your parents want you to explore your interests, but they’re also worried about sending you so far away in uncertain times, especially if you’ve planned your own gap year. Even if your gap year is in the United States, you need to know how to look after yourself.
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The 9 Most Important Things to Consider About a Gap Year
The 9 Most Important Things to Consider About a Gap Year
By SUSAN MOELLER
Volunteer? De-stress? Intern? Earn money? Travel? Learn a language? Discover your faith? All of the above? Are you likely to gain experience or a skill – a language, for example – that makes the investment of time and money in a gap year worthwhile?
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Gap Advisors Have the Inside Scoop
Gap Advisors Have the Inside Scoop
By BILL O'NEILL
Gap year advisors (also called counselors or consultants) specialize in helping students find reputable internships, volunteer experiences and other gap year programs between high school and college or sometimes during college (or beyond).
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Take a Gap Year Break Without Breaking the Bank
Take a Gap Year Break Without Breaking the Bank
By JOANELL SERRA
Don’t let the cost of a gap year scare you away from the idea of taking a well-deserved academic break or traveling to exotic places.
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How My 'Bridge Year' Led to Clarity
How My ‘Bridge’ Year Led to Clarity
By CLAIRE ASHMEAD
A gap year often becomes a stress test of the self. Leaving home means leaving your comfort zone. For me, it meant finding out whether I lived up to my own values and whether those were values I wanted to have.
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Gap Year Interns:Do You Have These 6 Important Skills for Success?
Gap Year Interns: Do You Have These 6 Important Skills for Success?
By SUSAN MOELLER
Getting a gap-year or summer internship is just the beginning. You want to work hard and work smart so that you’ll leave this position with great skills, great contacts and great recommendations.
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Culture Shock: Try These Four Tips to Feel at Ease
Culture Shock: Try These Four Tips to Feel at Ease
By Mary Grauerholz
Culture shock, which can leave students angry, depressed, withdrawn and confused, typically comes after the “honeymoon,” Fitzgerald says, and usually turns to adjustment and integration...
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How You Can Afford a Gap Year
How You Can Afford a Gap Year
By Kay Keough
A gap year is open, available and possible for any budget. You have to know a little about what kind of money you have to work or play with. Then, opportunities will show themselves.
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Unsure of Your Career Path? Try What I Did
Unsure of Your Career Path? Try What I Did
By Lauren Walters
After applying to a number of sites and not hearing back, I became discouraged. This was when I decided to take time off from school and volunteer at a New York hospital...
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Four Steps to Convince Your Parents a Gap is OK
Four Steps to Convince Your Parents a Gap is OK
By The TeenLife Experts
The reason for taking time off from school should determine how you spend your gap and how much it’s going to cost. And you need to make sure you have the energy, courage and confidence to be going...
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College or Gap? "Bridge" Programs Let You Do Both
College or Gap? “Bridge” Programs Let You Do Both
By Amy Anthony
Unsure whether to head straight to college or take a year off? You can do both at the same time. Several universities and colleges now offer programs that allow incoming freshmen to defer their enrollment for a semester or an academic year while...
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Lessons from a Gap Mom
Lessons from a Gap Mom
By Susan Moeller
As a parent, I’m a big fan of gap years. Two of my three children took one, for reasons that were both similar and quite different. Both had been in boarding school and really wanted a year that did not involve living in a dorm. One wanted adventure and went abroad; the other...
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Consider a Gap Year Close to Home
Consider a Gap Year Close to Home
By Bill O'Neill
There are a plethora of options that are stateside. What matters is that you get outside your comfort zone in terms of your day-to-day life. Many of the benefits of a gap year can be gained whether you’re on a new continent or in the next town.
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Ignore Your Friends and the Other Golden Rules for Gap Year Lingual Immersion
Ignore Your Friends and the Other Golden Rules for Gap Year Lingual Immersion
By Danny Kalman
Set your values. Make the pact that you will do whatever you need to in order to learn the local language during your gap year abroad.
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The Data Behind Why Gap Year Graduates are Better Prepared for Success
The Data Behind Why Gap Year Graduates are Better Prepared for Success
By Ethan Knight
The data is clear, 75% of Gap Year graduates report that their Gap Year “helped me (or will help me) get a job.” Furthermore, 84% of Gap Year graduates reported that...
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Get Paid to Experience Europe: Au Pair for a Gap Year
Get Paid to Experience Europe: Au Pair for a Gap Year
By James England
Have you ever dreamed about living abroad after high school, only to be held back financially? Before starting college at the University of Wyoming,Taylor Wyndell embarked on a great journey to Switzerland.
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GAP YEARS 2015: A Growing Trend Valued by Colleges and Universities
GAP YEARS: A Growing Trend Valued by Colleges and Universities
By Karl Haigler & Rae Nelson
Over the years, supporters of gap years have often spoken of the beneficial effects of gap years that get students “out of their comfort zone.” Many of the skills that institutions of higher education look for.
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What to Ask Yourself When Considering a Gap Year
What to Ask Yourself When Considering a Gap Year
By Dr. Karyn Koven
Each year millions of high school seniors contend for coveted spots at the most prestigious universities. Persisting through the fray has become a rite of passage at high schools across the nation. Pressure to compete in the college admissions...
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American Gap Year in the Reserves
American Gap Year in the Reserves
By James England
Many of us feel compelled to serve our country after we're getting ready to graduate college. But did you know that the military offers quite a few programs for taking a year off between high school and college? Most branches have what's known as a “Delayed Entry” program
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For Parents: Why Learning a Language Overseas during a Gap Year Can Enrich Your Teen's Life
For Parents:Why It’s Enriching to Learn a Language During a Gap Year
By Tracy Morgan
Many educational experts are quick to extol the virtues of taking a gap year between high school and college, in that it brings immense benefits (both personal and career-wise) for teens.
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Are You Ready For College?
Are You Ready For College?
By Ginger Fay
Do you want to go to college? An awkward laugh. A quizzical look. I’m serious. Do you want to go to college? Yeah… I think so? Yes
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Gap Year Checklist
Gap Year Checklist
By Sophie Borden
A comprehensive Checklist to plan your Gap Year. What do you want? How long are you planning your Gap year, Domestic or International? What is your price range? Get the complete checklist...
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5 of the Strangest—and Best—Feelings You'll Experience While Studying Abroad
5 of the Strangest—and Best—Feelings You’ll Experience While Studying Abroad
BY Patrick Durigan
So there you are, minding your own business on your way to class, daydreaming about the amazing gelato you'll be getting with friends later on. All of a sudden you're awoken from your reverie by someone speaking to you directly.
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Should Teens Consider a Gap Year Before College?
Should Teens Consider a Gap Year Before College?
By Andrew Belasco
It is typically a misguided approach to take a gap year solely for the purpose of trying to get into a better college. Academic performance is still your passport to an elite school.
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Your Gap Year from Idea to Reality: The Value of Working With Expert Gap Year Counselors
Gap Year from Idea to Reality: The Value of Working With Gap Advisors
By Jane Sarouhan
It takes time, experience, strategy, and a lot of inquiry to discern the best opportunities that meet all of a family’s criteria when planning a meaningful and safe gap year.
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Why Do a PG Year?
Why do a PG Year?
By Bill Higgins
More and more student-athletes are exploring a post-graduate year after high school before attending college. The cost is considerable, but the reward could be an athletic scholarship or, at the very least, substantial personal development.
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