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Category: Gap Years

Posted June 11, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Learn a foreign language

So you’ve decided to take a gap year to explore the world a bit and figure out what you really want to do when you head to college. Now it’s time to plan what you’re going to do with all that time. Let us humbly suggest using a portion of your gap year to learn a new language. Why? If we’re being practical about it, knowing more than one language is an incredible resume-booster and can open lots of professional doors for you in the future. Foreign languages can help you out in less direct ways as well: Studying a ...

Posted May 24, 2019, 11 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Gap-Year-Career

There are plenty of reasons to take a gap year: to develop your skills, see the world, boost your resume, or earn money towards tuition. A gap year can also help you explore your interests and develop a keener idea what career might be the right fit for you. Don’t worry — we’re not saying you have to commit to a career path right now. But going into college with even some sense of your professional goals can help you tailor your course selection and make your time on campus more productive. So how do you make it happen? Let ...

Posted May 21, 2019, 10 a.m. by Brittany Sulc | View Comments
Gap year conversation

In high school, I was the kid parents would kill to have. I didn’t party. I didn’t ditch class. I cried freshman year because I couldn’t find room 113 and missed my chance to make a good first impression. I was usually ahead in class, so some of my teachers let me knit sweaters during lectures. (Yes, you read that right. I really did knit sweaters in 10th Grade Honors Literature.) Yet, as graduation approached, I realized something. I was absolutely terrified of what came next. I was a bright, talented, straight-A student, but there was one thing I was ...

Posted April 16, 2019, 2 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Gap Year Program Guide

After spending 12 years working toward high school graduation, perhaps the thought of heading back into the classroom for another four years has you feeling a bit restless. Maybe you’d like a break from books, teachers, and homework assignments, a chance to explore the world outside the classroom. A gap year -- a year between high school and college dedicated to work, travel, or service -- might be what you’re looking for. And to help you explore the possibilities a gap year can offer, we are proud to announce TeenLife’s 2019 Guide to Gap Year Programs, newly updated with even ...

Posted Feb. 28, 2019, 8 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Gap Year Big City

So you’ve decided to take a gap year. Now it’s time to consider your options: Are you looking for a service project in a rural village? A few months of studying at a foreign university? A wilderness trek? If you find yourself drawn to the idea of immersing yourself in the culture, bustle, and personality of a new city, there are plenty of options to consider. From domestic destinations like New York City and Chicago, to adventures abroad in places like Berlin or Cape Town, your choices span the globe. Planning A Big City Gap Year Here are six programs ...

Posted Jan. 29, 2019, 8 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Why A Gap Year is Important Before College

Do you yearn to be in the real world and discover life beyond a classroom? Consider a gap year before college. Whether you spend it volunteering, traveling, interning, or working, a gap year is the kind of experiential learning that gives young people the grit, resilience, and focus they’ll need to be successful once they get to college – and later in life. What is a gap year? Some people call a gap a year “off” because it’s usually spent outside a traditional classroom. But it’s really a year “on” for travel, community service, interning, research or field experience, language ...

Posted Jan. 28, 2019, 3 p.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Gap Year Adventures

Choosing to take a gap year after high school may sounds a little rebellious, like you’re breaking from the formula you’ve spent years hearing about. The truth, though, is that college is not always best next step. Maybe you want a little adventure and a peak into the ‘real world’ before continuing your formal education? More and more students are choosing to take a year between high school and college to take a break, do a little exploring, or work and save up for college expenses. There are hundreds of great programs that can cater to your personal journey. From ...

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 Dec. 21, 2018, 1 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Two young women taking selfie in front of Notre Dame in Paris.

What if … after the crazy race to get into college, your child stopped and took a breath? What if … instead of going full speed ahead into freshman year, your child took some time to really think about what to do once there? What if … instead of heading straight into another classroom, your child got to explore the world, build a community, learn a language, discover a skill or dive into a passion? What if … your child took a gap year? A gap year is a sabbatical, a change, a time between high school and college when ...

Posted Nov. 27, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
Young female traveler leaning out a window on a train.

You’ve probably heard friends or other people in your life talk about something called a gap year. A gap, which actually could be as short as a semester or longer than a year, is time students can take between graduating high school and starting college. You can do it for many reasons. You might want to get some work experience under your belt, or maybe you just need to get out of a classroom for more than a few months. Whatever your reason, it doesn’t have to ruin your chances of getting into your dream college. In fact, it can ...

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