Rising rejections at highly-selective colleges and hopes for better luck in a year are pushing more seniors to take a yearlong pause after high school.
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.
We recently came across an article that does a great job helping families understand how to think through “time off” for students who are already in college. This is a great call out, because not all Gap Years are taken by students right after high school.
At last fall’s Gap Year Association Annual Conference, Bob Clagett, Gap Year Research Consortium Coordinator, reviewed results from a post-gap year survey that seven colleges and universities sent out to their gap year students from 2020-21 after they finished their gap year.