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Category: Gap Years

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, ...

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 ...

Posted Oct. 31, 2017, 8 a.m. by Greg Belanger | View Comments
Ocean Passages Gap Year Navigates Seas of Change in Cuba

Historic change is underway in Cuba – and Maine-based Ocean Passages gap year program combines traditional hands-on sailing with a chance to experience this transformation along the island’s spectacular southern coastline. Aboard a 131-foot schooner, you’ll navigate by the stars, snorkel on remote reefs, explore cays and mangroves – and engage directly in the dialogue about a post-embargo Cuba. Ocean Passages gap year voyages seize this moment to explore the causes and effects from the unique perspective of a Tall Ship and with a commitment to responsible stewardship of the marine environment. Ocean Passages offers fall and spring sailing adventures ...

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