What we are definitely noticing is that Gap Years are more “normalized” – students are simply not afraid of the idea of taking time off to give themselves time to make sure they are at a college that feels right!

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.

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