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Posted Feb. 4, 2020, 11:42 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap year month

There is incredible diversity in gap year options, price ranges, and experiences available. Gap year graduates perform better on college GPAs. Gap year graduates complete their Bachelors Degrees at a median of 3.75 years (versus the national average of 6+). Gap year graduates are more satisfied with their careers. 90% of gap year graduates are back in college within a year of completing their gap year. More students every year are choosing to take a gap year after high school, and this February the gap year movement is launching its second annual month-long campaign to encourage students to explore the ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2019, 11:26 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
NOLS

Luna Rosal National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) High School Grad Year May 2019 Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I was excited to get out of the normal day to day of summer. My mom is also deeply in love with the outdoors, and I was not... Two weeks with NOLS definitely changed that! After the program, I was able to relate to her connection with nature with a newfound connection to the world around me. How did you decide which program was right for you? I had heard many good things about NOLS through friends ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 7:50 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Languages Leanne Tyme

Leanne Tyme studied Spanish and French with CESA Languages Abroad. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I wanted to have a gap year in which I could both learn and enjoy myself at the same time. As I will be studying French at university, I wanted a course that would allow me to improve my language skills and give me some time to do some exploring outside of classes. How did you decide which gap year programne was right for you? First I had to decide what I wanted to get out of my gap ...

Posted July 12, 2019, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Gap-year-credit

In the past, gap years were pretty rare. In today’s college landscape, however, deferring college for a year after acceptance is becoming commonplace. The best part: Colleges are now very accepting of gap years. Some schools offer their own for-credit gap programs for admitted students, and many are willing to honor credits earned through certain third-party gap programs. This means students now have a chance to explore while gaining clarity towards your goals before starting college and still earning college credit. Colleges with their own gap programs Tufts University: Tufts created its very own gap year program. Their 1+4 Bridge ...

Posted June 11, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Learn a foreign language

So you’ve decided to take a gap year to explore the world a bit and figure out what you really want to do when you head to college. Now it’s time to plan what you’re going to do with all that time. Let us humbly suggest using a portion of your gap year to learn a new language. Why? If we’re being practical about it, knowing more than one language is an incredible resume-booster and can open lots of professional doors for you in the future. Foreign languages can help you out in less direct ways as well: Studying a ...

Posted May 30, 2019, 9 a.m. by Grace Douvos | View Comments
Teaching at City Year

This post is part of our new series, in which students and young adults tell their own stories of discovering, nurturing, and pursuing their passions. When I began applying to colleges, the main question in my head was: “How will this college help me change the world?” My passion for social change began when I was 13 years old and moved across the country to go to boarding school in Massachusetts. I was still discovering my passions and figured that the best way to find things I liked to do would be to try new things. During my first winter ...

Posted May 24, 2019, 11 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Gap-Year-Career

There are plenty of reasons to take a gap year: to develop your skills, see the world, boost your resume, or earn money towards tuition. A gap year can also help you explore your interests and develop a keener idea what career might be the right fit for you. Don’t worry — we’re not saying you have to commit to a career path right now. But going into college with even some sense of your professional goals can help you tailor your course selection and make your time on campus more productive. So how do you make it happen? Let ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:40 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Film and Media Arts Mohit Kulkarni

Mohit Kulkarni is studying filmmaking and media arts at Cleavland State University. How did you discover your passion for filmmaking? When I was young, my dad got me a phone with a camera for an educational trip to Shimla and Himachal Pradesh in India. I was 13 at the time and I loved taking pictures of random things like cows on the street, Indian markets and people waiting for the bus. The pictures were not great, but I started taking a lot of them and I moved to recording things and people. I always wanted to talk to new people ...

Posted May 21, 2019, 10 a.m. by Brittany Sulc | View Comments
Gap year conversation

In high school, I was the kid parents would kill to have. I didn’t party. I didn’t ditch class. I cried freshman year because I couldn’t find room 113 and missed my chance to make a good first impression. I was usually ahead in class, so some of my teachers let me knit sweaters during lectures. (Yes, you read that right. I really did knit sweaters in 10th Grade Honors Literature.) Yet, as graduation approached, I realized something. I was absolutely terrified of what came next. I was a bright, talented, straight-A student, but there was one thing I was ...

Posted April 16, 2019, 2 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Gap Year Program Guide

After spending 12 years working toward high school graduation, perhaps the thought of heading back into the classroom for another four years has you feeling a bit restless. Maybe you’d like a break from books, teachers, and homework assignments, a chance to explore the world outside the classroom. A gap year -- a year between high school and college dedicated to work, travel, or service -- might be what you’re looking for. And to help you explore the possibilities a gap year can offer, we are proud to announce TeenLife’s 2019 Guide to Gap Year Programs, newly updated with even ...

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