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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.

Kids have one chance to be in college. When you step on campus, you want to be the best you can be. What do you need to do that? What skills will help you do that? I speak about Gap Years as well as mentor kids before and during their Gaps Years. Many teens are ready to move on from their parents, but they still need mentors.

I have also come to appreciate the many benefits of Gap Years. Over time, I learned so much about the benefits from the stories of students, including my own. These are verbatim, taken directly from their post-Gap Year surveys.

Gap Year Solutions is excited to begin offering a new service in which we match students with available internship opportunities!

Expert tips from college planning professionals including advice about the application process, considering Gap Years and how to increase success once on campus.

My third son just started college, after deciding not to take a Gap Year...At the end of the day, he exemplifies what I hope for all students: full awareness of the Gap Year option and its benefits, and then a thoughtful CHOICE about whether or not to defer the start of college.

Many of our students travel on their own or with Gap Year programs. So educators and families continue to ask about travel restrictions and changes due to the Delta variant of COVID.

Although taking a Gap Year before college is popular in Europe and almost a rite of passage in the U.K., the practice of taking a Gap Year in the U.S. has been slower to develop.

Gap Years have evolved significantly from their earliest days to embrace many different variations and paths such as internships, volunteerism, learning a trade, cultural exchange programs and athletic endeavors. But just where, and how, did the Gap Year begin?

As we continue to raise awareness and dispel many misconceptions about Gap Years, we thought it would be useful to share more …

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