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.
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?
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).
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
GAP YEARS 2015: 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.
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...
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
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.
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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