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Category: Gap Testimonials

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, ...

Posted Dec. 11, 2017, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
American University Gap Program: Nicole Iannella

Nicole Iannella spent her gap year with the American University Gap Year Program in Washington, D.C. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I chose the American University Gap Program in Washington, D.C., because I still wanted to learn and get some sort of college experience during my year off. I had always been interested in politics, so that’s what initially drew me to this program. I was intrigued by the unique gap-year internship, considering that not many 18- year-olds have the opportunity to intern three days a week in the middle of such a major ...

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