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Category: Gap Year Testimonials

Posted Jan. 11, 2021, 2:30 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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CET Academic Programs Clara Grillo Gap at CET Beijing, 2019 Why did you choose to participate in a gap program? I chose to participate in a gap program not only to improve my Chinese language ability but also to deepen my understanding of another country’s culture and life. I knew an intensive and immersive language program would give me a structured way to learn about another country, make meaningful friendships, and also experience things I had never had the opportunity to experience before. How did you decide which gap program was right for you? I decided on CET Beijing because ...

Posted Dec. 2, 2020, 8:44 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Why did you choose to participate in a gap program? I chose to participate in a Raleigh International Expedition for several reasons. I wanted to be part of a program that would help me to step outside of my comfort zone, develop connections with people, allow myself to see life from a different perspective, and to benefit others’ lives. I was eager to travel and I was enthusiastic about meeting new people! I have grown up in a small town in the United States, with parents who have a very international outlook. At heart I think I’m quite adventurous and ...

Posted July 7, 2020, 7:35 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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A gap year is defined as a year or semester of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or post-secondary education, in order to deepen one's practical, professional, and personal awareness. Taking a gap year does not have to mean traveling far away from home. In order to adapt to these unprecedented times, many programs are being offered online. We have put together a list of online gap programs to help you learn more! These gap programs offer the chance to spend an academic year or semester exploring a career such as medicine, communications, health care, ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2019, 11:26 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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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
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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 Jan. 7, 2019, 4 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
EF International Language Campuses: Trinity Caldwell

Trinity Caldwell studied Spanish with EF International Language Campuses in Costa Rica. What made you want to study Spanish abroad? I knew that a Spanish program was right for me. I have always loved that language and was very inspired by my Spanish teacher during freshman year. I wanted to learn as much as I could quickly, and when I saw the EF Intensive course on my university’s study abroad page, it seemed like a good fit for me. What was a typical day like in your language program? I wake up at 6 and have breakfast with my host ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Year Solutions: Miranda Milunsky

Miranda Milunsky worked with an advisor at Gap Year Solutions to plan her gap year. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? During my junior year of high school, I was dealing with significant family stressors. I needed to find a way to decompress. Removing the immediacy of the college search and application process allowed me to breathe. I decided I would not take my ACTs until the spring of senior year or apply to college until my gap year. Retrospectively, my gap year was necessary to help me figure out who I am and who ...

Posted Feb. 1, 2018, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
American University Gap Program: Joseph Caplis

Joseph Caplis participated in the spring semester of American University’s Gap Program. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I had never intended to take a gap year. In fact, I was adamantly opposed to it. The decision to do so is one of the best I’ve ever made. Now that I’m wrapping up my first semester in college, I see the incredible benefits a gap-year provided. For example, one skill my gap experience gave me before coming to college was knowing how to schedule my week, manage my time and take care of all the ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 9 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
EF International Language Campuses: Pascale Gulick

Pascale Gulick participated in a gap year program with EF International Language Centers in Paris. Why did you choose to participate in a gap-year program? I choose to take a gap year to gain some new international perspectives before remaining pretty stagnant for a couple years. I had heard great things about EF International Language Centers and their programs from many of my friends, and it seemed like an opportunity that couldn’t be missed! And I was right. My time in Paris was unmatched, and unique to all my other travel experiences. Previously, I’d lived in Germany, New Zealand and ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 7 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
UnCollege Gap Year Program: Michael Krakower

Michael Krakower attended two years of college before signing up for the UnCollege Gap Year. When I joined the UnCollege Gap Year program after a couple of years in college, I had every intention of returning to school when the program was over. I always liked school – and still do – but I had growing entrepreneurial ambitions, and eventually I hit a point where I felt my academic studies weren’t going to be any help to me in bringing any potential venture to fruition. I wanted experience. I wanted perspective. I wanted the opportunity to succeed or fail in ...

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