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Author: Karl Haigler

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Karl is a gap-year parent, author, and researcher. He is co-author of The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time off Before or During College (co-author Rae Nelson) and Gap Year, American Style: Journeys Toward Learning, Serving, and Self-Discovery.

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 11 a.m. by Karl Haigler | View Comments
Gap Year Advantage

Taking a gap year is a growing trend in the United States. Although there is no formal data on how many young people are taking a structured break before or during college, the rising number of gap year programs, gap year fairs, and college deferrals point to more students choosing the road less traveled. Download As gap year parents, researchers, and authors, we have spoken with hundreds of parents, students, college counselors, and other stakeholders about gap year experiences. The overwhelming consensus is that the impact is transformational in the most positive way. To explore this growing trend in greater ...