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Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 7 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Academy at Watkinson School: Matt Conners

Matt Conners spent a post-graduate gap year at The Academy at Watkinson School in Hartford, Ct. Why did you decide to participate in a post-graduate (PG) year program? I felt lost throughout my high school academic experience. Procrastination was a daily issue that led to late or missing work. I needed to learn how to manage my assignments and become a self-advocate. I had to learn how to organize myself in and out of school so I always know where everything is and when it needs to be done. Not only did I need tips and guidance for academic success, ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 6 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
API ABroad: Eliana Jacobs

Eliana Jacobs spent spent her gap year in Grenoble, France, through API Abroad. I lived with a lovely French host family while studying French language and culture at the Université Stendhal III. Through my courses and my interactions with my host family, my French improved significantly. I made incredible friends from around the world, many of whom I am still good friends today. I travelled extensively, exploring different regions of Europe and North Africa, learning about different cultures, and seeking new experiences. My year in Grenoble provided me with an abundance of memorable experiences and life lessons. Why I took ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
CESA Languages Abroad: Trevor Biggs

Trevor Biggs spent part of his gap year in Berlin, Germany, and Kitzbühel, Austria, with CESA Languages Abroad. When researching gap year programs, I learned that there are a lot of options out there. I searched the web for hours last summer, trying to find a program right for me, both with regards to finances and growth. I knew where I wanted to go – Berlin, Germany; and how long – about nine weeks, but given the choices, it was hard to settle on one. I found CESA Language Abroad through one of my many searches, and within minutes of ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
african-conservation-experience-sophie-gates

Sophie Gates spent part of a gap year working in South Africa with the African Conservation Experience. I knew when I applied to study veterinary medicine at university that getting in was going to be difficult, so it came as no surprise that I narrowly missed the grades. I decided to take a gap year and reapply, but wanted to make the most of my year out and do something I may never get the chance to do again. I started looking online for gap year trips where I could work alongside vets in other countries. Deciding on Africa was ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 5 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Raleigh International: Beatrice Phillips

Beatrice Phillips spent part of her gap year teaching and trekking in Tanzania with Raleigh International. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I chose to participate in a gap year program because I wanted an opportunity that would really challenge me to get out of my comfort zone. Before I pursued higher education, I wanted to explore a new culture and face challenges that would help me prepare for the next phase of my life. How did you decide which gap year program was right for you? ? I was offered the choice of multiple ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 6 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Cross Cultural Solutions: Katie Hale

Katie Hale spent part of her gap year focused on learning Spanish in Guatemala through Cross-Cultural Solutions. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? About two weeks after committing to a college and graduating high school I received my housing information for what would have been my freshman year and I immediately realized three months was not a long enough break for me. I needed time to rejuvenate so when I do start college I can be fully focused and take full advantage of my education. How did you decide which gap year program was right ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
InnerPathWorks: Jake Bagley

Jake Bagley worked with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks during his gap year. Why did you choose to train with InnerPathWorks? I chose to train with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks because I was at a point in my life where I needed direction and Randy's program ended up being exactly what I needed. I later came to realize it was a perfect example of Coyote teaching. How did you research and decide which gap program was right for you? Randy's program was recommended to me by a good friend of Randy's. After speaking with Randy and reviewing the preliminary paperwork and ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Worldstamp Gap Year Program: Katie Pekarske

Katie Pekarske particpated in the WorldStamp gap year program, part of Dream Volunteers. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? When I was applying for colleges, I felt like something wasn’t quite right. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, which made me hesitant about any schools or programs. When I heard about WorldStamp, I just had a feeling that it was what I was supposed to do. I felt like there was so much more of the world and myself to discover that I wouldn’t be able to understand unless I did something ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Taylor the Gap: Meg Stolberg

Meg Stolberg got help planning her gap year from Taylor the Gap. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t use the experience I gained from my gap year. In South America, I was challenged daily by living with a host family, learning a new language, and developing greater independence. During me D.C. internship, I also had to navigate new situations and push my abilities and myself. For the last part of my gap year, I travelled throughout New Zealand and completed community service for a month in the outback of Australia. When I reflected on the past ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Testive: Jessica Swanson

Meet Jessica, a junior in high school. She is currently taking a full course load, including three AP classes (Chemistry, U.S. History and English Language), plays three sports (cross country, ice hockey, and track) and is a member of the chemistry club at her high school. Through all this, she maintains good grades and is looking to attend Amherst College next year. With this schedule, Jessica had a hard time fitting in SAT prep. That was when she turned to Testive. How did your SAT scores change over time? I received a baseline score of 1980 when I took the ...

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