This particular episode really hit home, because it zeroed right in on the question of college readiness. In particular, “what if I think my teen is not ready for college – could a Gap Year make sense?”

When I speak with high school audiences, I get asked all the time about how Gap Year planning relates to the college admissions process. This post covers five key points about this question.

Part 2 covers major Gap Year myths including that they cost too much, that students must travel, FOMO, and that there is a specific "Gap Year student".

Hands down, the biggest benefit of a Gap Year is maturity which shows up a number of ways for students. The teenage brain is just not, well, finished at 18 years old. It's still growing.

A Gap Year after a student has already started college can also be a different experience. They are more mature with more life experience and time spent living independently.

Read our latest blog post for the top gap year trends of 2022.

I attended one of your virtual zoom sessions early in the pandemic. You were so convincing in the value of a Gap year that I convinced my middle son, who just graduated, to take a Gap year! He deferred his university acceptance and is now at the Cordon Bleu in London studying Cuisine until June.

After a huge spike in Gap Year deferrals during the early part of COVID-19 to avoid online learning and campus lockdowns, Gap Year numbers appear to have settled back to their pre-COVID levels.

Jonathan Kyed is 21 years old and on his second Gap Year. He’s also from Denmark, where a remarkable 80% of students take a Gap Year after high school.

It's that time of year. It's time to find the silver lining of college rejection. High school seniors by now have heard from all the schools to which they applied. Some are elated. Others are heartbroken that they did not get into their preferred college.

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