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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?

We recently spoke with several students who told us their stories as they made the best of an unprecedented situation and found ways to stay active, engaged and excited during their Gap Years.

Elizabeth Pyle, a a mom of four, business owner, and active community member, tells Gap Year Solutions the mission of her mentoring company College Success Plan and how it came to be.

Many families are wondering if it will be harder for this year’s high school seniors to get into college for Fall 2021, because students who took Gap Years this year will be starting college next fall instead of fall 2020.

The data is in – more students are opting for Gap Years this Year. While this may come as no surprise due to the uncertainty that COVID has presented higher education, it is interesting to see the numbers.

Gap Year Solutions recently had the opportunity to speak with Moira McCullough, founder of College Scoops. Moira believes so strongly that students need to find the right college fit, including non-academic areas, that she started a company to fill the need!

Recently, Gap Year Solutions joined three college planning experts to discuss the “new normal” of today’s college landscape, and share tips for high schoolers currently preparing college applications.

Life has certainly been exciting for Gap Year Solutions these last few months! As colleges and universities continued to announce their fall plans, I have had a deluge of students and families inquiring about Gap Years.

Bob Clagett, a leader in the Gap Year movement, talks about the effort to build data on Gap Year outcomes

Let’s give these students the ability to take time to discover who they are, and why they are even going to college.

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