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Category: Gap Year Testimonials

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

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 ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
InnerPathWorks: Jake Bagley

Jake Bagley worked with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks during his gap year. Why did you choose to train with InnerPathWorks? I chose to train with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks because I was at a point in my life where I needed direction and Randy's program ended up being exactly what I needed. I later came to realize it was a perfect example of Coyote teaching. How did you research and decide which gap program was right for you? Randy's program was recommended to me by a good friend of Randy's. After speaking with Randy and reviewing the preliminary paperwork and ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Worldstamp Gap Year Program: Katie Pekarske

Katie Pekarske particpated in the WorldStamp gap year program, part of Dream Volunteers. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? When I was applying for colleges, I felt like something wasn’t quite right. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, which made me hesitant about any schools or programs. When I heard about WorldStamp, I just had a feeling that it was what I was supposed to do. I felt like there was so much more of the world and myself to discover that I wouldn’t be able to understand unless I did something ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Taylor the Gap: Meg Stolberg

Meg Stolberg got help planning her gap year from Taylor the Gap. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t use the experience I gained from my gap year. In South America, I was challenged daily by living with a host family, learning a new language, and developing greater independence. During me D.C. internship, I also had to navigate new situations and push my abilities and myself. For the last part of my gap year, I travelled throughout New Zealand and completed community service for a month in the outback of Australia. When I reflected on the past ...

Posted Dec. 14, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Announcing: TeenLife's 2018 Guide to Gap Programs!

High school can seem like a high-pressured race to get into college, and by graduation, some students just need a break or want to get out and explore the world beyond academics. Others aren’t quite ready for the responsibility and independence that college requires. And some don’t know what they want to study in college – or aren’t sure they want to go at all. The answer for all of these students might be a gap year or gap semester. A gap year – a break from traditional academics – is a chance to push the reset button before plunging ...

Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Eastman Immersion Year at University of Rochester: Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson spent her gap year in the Eastman Immersion program at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Why did you decide to study vocal music in the Eastman Immersion gap year program for musicians? I knew I wanted a music career, but I wasn’t ready to commit to four years. So I decided to take a year and better prepare for music applications while being in the loop of performing. This program doesn’t feel like a gap year, but a learning experience. At first, I thought one year just couldn’t be enough, but now I ...

Posted Dec. 11, 2017, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Gap Year: Samantha Whitlock

I took the Environmental Sculpture class at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and it was one of the most enlightening art classes I've ever taken. Not only is the SAIC campus an alluring space, but it has some of the best teachers I've ever had. The faculty doesn't just teach you how to create art; they teach you to think like an artist. In this particular course, they also taught us how to collect materials and how to seek inspiration from our surroundings. Of course, you are welcome to use all the amazing visual arts resources they have, ...

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