TeenLife Blog

Supporting teen success, one post at a time

Author: Ginger Fay

Ginger Fay-profile-picture

Ginger Fay has over 20 years of experience in college admissions and college counseling. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Liberal Studies from Duke University. In addition to her own work as an Independent Educational Consultant, Ginger teaches for the University of California at Irvine’s Certificate in Educational Consulting.

Posted March 13, 2015, 10 a.m. by Ginger Fay | View Comments
should you take a gap year

I have been applying to college for 20 years. Don’t worry—I’m not bad at it (I did get in the first time around!), I just like working with students going through the application process so much that I have made it my career. I have worked in selective college admissions, a boarding school, a day school, an international school, and outside the school system as an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC). I have counseled hundreds of students through the ups and downs of the application process to hundreds of different colleges. In all that time, I have met a lot of ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2015, 10 a.m. by Ginger Fay | View Comments
cheap gap year programs

When I was in high school, I thought a gap year—a magical interim year spent investigating something or everything before heading off to college—was an opportunity reserved for the über rich, those students who could afford to postpone a year of earning potential and had parents who could afford to fund an additional year of education. Ten years later, when I joined the College Counseling Office at Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts that regularly sends a percentage of its senior class off on such adventures, I learned that with some careful planning, almost anyone can afford to take ...