Gap Year

Discover Gap Year Internships!

Curious about Gap Years? Thinking that an internship might be a great experience during a Gap Year? Students are embracing the opportunity to step off the traditional academic track and

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Talk About Transfer or Time Off

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.

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Impact of the Gap Year

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.

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Katherine’s Opening Monologue

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.

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In their own words…

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.

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My student didn’t take a Gap Year!

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.

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History of the Gap Year, Part 2

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.

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