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Category: Gap Year Testimonials

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 ...

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
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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 ...

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