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Category: Gap Years

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 ...

Posted April 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Christina June | View Comments
Young women traveling in London on a gap year.

Taking a gap year or semester – time away from straight academics between high school and college – is the norm in many countries but is still rare in the United States. This is certainly the case in the school where I serve as a school counselor. I asked a student why she thought this was true and she gave me two reasons. The first: parents. Many are nervous about their children going out into the world, away from an academic setting for the first time. The second: students’ own fears of missing out. The idea of not starting college ...

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

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 ...

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