Exciting News! Gap Year Decision Day will take place this year on May 25th. Gap students can use the hashtag #GapYearDecisionDay to announce their gap year plans on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Let your friends, family, educators, schools and the world know that you have chosen to take a step off the traditional path and embrace Real World Learning!
Gap Year Solutions believes that all students, regardless of income or background, should have the opportunity to explore whether a Gap Year is right for them (see Five Myths of Gap Years). We consult with high school and college students from all over the U.S. to navigate the huge variety of Gap Year choices, in order to make the most of this time. Gap Year Solutions offers private consultations to develop options tailored to the student’s unique interests, needs and goals.
Katherine Stievater, Founder
Katherine founded Gap Year Solutions because she feels strongly that many high school students and some college students can benefit from taking a step off the typical path, and become more self-reliant and confident through REAL WORLD LEARNING. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, with over ten years of experience as an alumni interviewer for prospective students, and was a Buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Katherine has four sons, the second oldest of whom completed a Gap Year before beginning college. Her oldest son spent his junior year of high school at a Spanish language school in Spain. Katherine is an Advisory Board Member of the Gap Year Association, and speaks regularly about Gap Years at high schools, libraries, and college fairs across the U.S.
Our goal is to consult closely with families to first identify if a Gap Year experience is right for the student. Once the decision is made to embrace a Gap Year, the fun begins!
Click here for Katherine’s recent article: “Teens, Anxiety & Gap Years”
Click here for our handout “Discover Real World Learning”.