Growing the Gap Year Movement

the 2019 Gap Year Conference continues the effort to challenge conventional thinking, and encourage people to rethink Gap Years and get more excited about this unique educational opportunity for students.

What’s Your Story?

Earlier this year, our Founder, Katherine Stievater visited several Gap Year programs in Europe. While with one of these programs, she spent time with a group of Gap Year students in Italy, and had the chance to speak with them over the course of several days about “Why” – why did they choose to takeContinue reading “What’s Your Story?”

Transitioning from a Gap Year to College (Part 1)

By Anna Nickerson, Babson College Class of 2022 Anna near Boulder CO before embarking on her gap year. When I first took a gap year, I got a flood of questions from friends; “Will you feel weird about not still being in our graduating class? What about college? Can you defer? Are you planning toContinue reading “Transitioning from a Gap Year to College (Part 1)”

Interview with Lucia Poggi (UChicago ’23)

Interview by Anna Nickerson Photo: Lucia (left) on the campaign trail in Northern Virginia! It is a common misconception that in order to take a gap year, you must travel abroad extensively. Many students choose to forgo travel-based programs and focus on other opportunities, such as Gapper Lucia Poggi. Lucia just finished up her gapContinue reading “Interview with Lucia Poggi (UChicago ’23)”

Six Questions Most Students Ask Before Taking A Gap Year

Photo Credit: GYS student Would I be behind after taking a Gap Year? Absolutely not! We understand that this is a common concern of both students and parents though. One of the ways they express their concern is wondering if missing math or not being “academic” for a year will cause a form of learning “atrophy”.Continue reading “Six Questions Most Students Ask Before Taking A Gap Year”

How My Gap Year Made Me A Better College Student (And Better Person)

After 13 years of rigorous academics in a very competitive school system, I felt burnout and lacked the motivation to continue on with my studies.  I performed well in the classes I enjoyed, but not so well in others that bored me.   Learning in the classroom was no longer something I enjoyed, it was somethingContinue reading “How My Gap Year Made Me A Better College Student (And Better Person)”