Click here for New York Times article, November 1, 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be driving dramatic increases in depression and anxiety among college students, with more than a third reporting significant mental health challenges, according to a new survey co-led by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE).
The survey of students at nine U.S. public research universities nationwide found that 35% of undergraduates and 32% of graduate and professional students screened positive for major depressive disorder, while 39% of all students screened positive for anxiety disorder, according to the report released in August 2020 by the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium.
Studies and articles that point out the mental health challenges our teens continue to face do a great service by shining a light on the situation and elevating the conversation. They also point out the important role that time off plays before students jump into the academic rigors, relatively unstructured time and social demands of campus life.
Expert tips from college planning professionals including advice about the application process, considering Gap Years and how to increase success once on campus.