When my husband, our daughter and I first met with Katherine, we were impressed by her knowledge of the field, but even more struck by her connection with our daughter and interest in her life — past, present, and future. I was surprised how open our daughter was with Katherine; she clearly felt comfortable enough to be completely honest. Our daughter has had the benefit of getting to know a fun “gap year expert”, who has a wealth of information and good ideas pertaining to her exact stage of life. She considers Katherine a gift, and so do we.Kristin M. (parent)
Gap Year Solutions made my year more meaningful. Katherine began by getting to know me and demystifying to my family what a gap year is and how it can be transformative. She helped me navigate a sea of travel programs and find one that best fit my interests. When I returned home, Katherine helped me keep on track, look for a job, and have concrete goals. Katherine’s questions and suggestions revealed that she genuinely cared about my experience and I always enjoyed talking to her. As an added bonus, I connected with other gap year students from across the country and befriended them.Mahesh A.
Katherine served as an advisor, mentor and personal coach to our son. She helped him identify his goals for his year and a range of opportunities available to meet those goals, including organized programs which combined travel, service work and cultural exchange in Southeast Asia, a valuable internship experience at a local business, and a rewarding volunteer experience at a city food and nutrition non-profit. Katherine guided him all along the way, and taught him how to research and evaluate opportunities, coached him through the application and interview processes and mentored him as a job coach. As parents, we felt we shared her goals for our child and we appreciated her professionalism, familiarity with the opportunities available to students and her rapport with our son. It was clear that he felt heard and valued. In addition to the growth he experienced through both the adventures and challenges of his gap year programs and work, he learned and grew working with Katherine over the course of the year.Cheryl A. (parent)
Katherine, you are an amazing communicator. Everything you said resonated with John. He’s excited to get started planning his gap year. Thank you so much!Hugh J. (parent)
I previously knew nothing about the world of Gap Years, where to get started and how to even begin making a plan. Katherine walked me through all the steps and made some amazing suggestions along the way. When I look back on my year I realize it was physically and emotionally the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. But it was transformative and life changing and totally worth it! Now I am not dreading getting back on the academic cycle. I’m going to start freshman year and I want to kill it!Haley N.
I had a fantastic experience working with Gap Year Solutions this past year! Katherine was so knowledgeable about amazing opportunities and programs out there for me. She was also so caring and supportive, frequently checking in with me outside of our meetings and helping push me along to really maximize my gap year.Randy A.
Your honesty and candor and expertise is invaluable, and we thank you so much for your time!Roberta S. (parent)
When I met up with Katherine at the end of my year, I could not stop smiling. She said that when we met after my Gap Year was over, that I may be a different person. She was right. I am proud of myself. I didn’t think I could accomplish this much and do what I wanted to do. I learned so much about who I am and what my purpose is. Thanks Katherine for believing in me!!Mary B.
Right from the beginning, Katherine made me feel comfortable and at ease in my decision to take a Gap Year. I liked the questionnaire she had me fill out because it made me sit and just think about what I really wanted to do. Throughout the whole planning process, I was in the driver’s seat, and Katherine was there to help me steer in a direction that felt right to me. I would never have thought about getting a job to help pay for my travels if Katherine had not suggested that. I am now ready and actually excited about going to college and studying again!Aneeta R.