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Posted Feb. 8, 2021, 12:31 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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After years and years of constant schooling, sometimes you just need a break. A break from books, teachers, and homework assignments, with 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 2021 Guide to Gap Year Programs, newly updated with even more program offerings. Download the guide to learn about the basics of planning a gap year, get ...

Posted Dec. 9, 2020, 12:16 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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The programs represented in TeenLife Media’s 2021 Guide to Gap Programs span all kinds of gap opportunities, schedules, and budgets. Whatever it might be, it is an opportunity for you to focus on personal growth before you take those next steps in life. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. Many universities and colleges are choosing to keep their students safe and limit their academic year to virtual or distance learning. In response, students are asking if this pandemic presents the opportunity to pursue a different avenue instead of the direct transition into higher learning. Additionally, gap programs are working ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2020, 10 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Gap year and semester programs are more popular than ever with many prospective freshmen wondering if it's better to take a year off before they head off to college. Whether it's abroad or at home, we want to share a wide variety of gap programs that you don't want to miss! From expeditions across breathtaking mountains to develop your skills in leadership, there are unique opportunities for a wide range of interests and passions. Please keep checking back as we will continue to add more! Arcos Journey Abroad Session Dates: April 4th to May 26th, 2021 Travel this spring to ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2020, 2:07 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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November 4, 2020. TeenLife Media and the Gap Year Association are pleased to announce a two-year partnership agreement which began on October 1, 2020! Our joint mission in this effort is to increase the visibility of gap year opportunities among families with high school students, as well as the college counselors and independent consultants who work with them. TeenLife has been a recognized resource in the high school space since 2008 and is known for building greater awareness of all sorts of meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students before they enter college. The GYA is likewise excited to connect with ...

Posted Sept. 15, 2020, 10:06 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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The nation got a taste of online learning when schools and universities closed for the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Now, it seems like it is here to stay with students and parents are learning how to adapt. These fall online learning programs offer students a unique opportunity to participate in a virtual program that would otherwise need to be taken in person. These programs can range from two weeks to 10 months and cover a wide range of topics. Check back as we continue to add more! Boston Leadership Institute: Virtual STEM Courses Categories: Academic, STEM Session Date: ...

Posted July 7, 2020, 7:35 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments

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 June 16, 2020, 12:19 p.m. by Jane Sarouhan | View Comments
Gap Year Ideas

You do not need to leave the country - or your home - to have a meaningful gap year. Long before Coronavirus, we have been defining the gap year as a period of time when an individual takes a deliberate pause from school or work to pursue interests, skills and personal growth. Note that this definition says nothing of the location, activity or cost. As college campuses and travel experiences will all be significantly modified this fall, a gap year close to home – with the right blend of intention, structure, mentorship and peers - may very well be the ...

Posted May 27, 2020, 8:56 a.m. by Jason Sarouhan | View Comments
Should You Take a Gap Year or Go to College in Fall 2020?

College-bound students around the country are out of time and lack critical information to make a decision about their path forward this fall. Final admissions deadlines for most colleges loom on June 1st, with precious few clearly articulating the learning environment students can anticipate. The gap year option has been mopped around the media as both a poison and antidote, yet few helpful truths have been articulated to help students with their decision. Let's get a few things straight about the gap year. Are Gap Years a Thing in the United States? Despite what you might have read, gap year ...

Posted April 28, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
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Trying to imagine applying to college is hard to do. Being at home instead of at school with your friends, teachers, friends, school counselor, and friends is not where you want to be. Not knowing when or if your senior year will begin in September is almost impossible to imagine. Let’s agree that it is what it is. Stay Connected While Applying to College From Home Most important is to get and stay in touch with your teachers and school counselor throughout the college application process. If you haven’t heard from your guidance (college) counselor, email him or her today. ...

Posted March 12, 2020, 12:34 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Looking for the most popular programs for your gap semester or year? Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 15 most popular gap programs for high school graduates and college students, organized by category. They take place in the US as well as other countries around the world. What Do We Mean by Popular? We reviewed all gap programs listed on TeenLife and selected the 15 programs with the most page views on our website. We then broke those programs into categories and arranged them alphabetically to create the list you find on this page. Academic American University Gap ...

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