Gap Year Solutions helps students successfully transition to college by building life skills through Real World Learning. We are their coach and advisor throughout this process, and customize a combination of internships, work, service and travel into a structured Gap Year plan.
More and more, U.S. teens are considering their options before jumping right from high school to college. Rather than simply choosing among colleges, many of today’s high school seniors are also beginning to defer the college experience – usually for a year. This “Gap Year” – which has been a standard practice in the U.K. for years – is growing rapidly in popularity here in the U.S. Experience has shown that 90% of students taking a Gap Year will enroll in a four year college, and be more focused and ready to embrace college learning. Gap Year Solutions believes that all students, regardless of income or background, should have the opportunity to explore whether a Gap Year is right for them.
We believe in immersive, Real World Learning, and focus on helping students build important life skills – time management, networking, dealing with adversity, working with people of diverse backgrounds. Our founder understands today’s teens and the complex demands they face. The strong connections she creates with her students lead to honest conversations, and ultimately, transformative experiences.
Our goal is to work closely with families to first identify if a Gap Year experience is right for the student. We help high school and college students from all over the U.S. navigate the huge variety of Gap Year choices, in order to make the most of this time. Gap Year Solutions works with each student to develop options tailored to the student’s goals, needs and interests. For example, budget, geography, type of work, service, and language immersion are important considerations in designing a Gap Year experience. A successful gap year depends on having a well thought out plan.
It is easy to become overwhelmed when sifting through the options on your own. We “meet students where they are,” and listen carefully to their interests and goals. Our real world experience and research with program educators and students who have completed Gap Years make us an ideal choice to advise students considering a Gap Year. We encourage students to embrace this unique opportunity to push the pause button, dream big, be authentic and believe in themselves!
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“I previously knew nothing about the world of Gap Years, where to get started and how to even begin making a plan. Katherine walked me through all the steps and made some amazing suggestions along the way. When I look back on my year I realize it was physically and emotionally the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. But it was transformative and life changing and totally worth it! Now I am not dreading getting back on the academic cycle. I’m going to start freshman year and I want to kill it!”
“When I met up with Katherine at the end of my year, I could not stop smiling. She said that when we met after my Gap Year was over, that I may be a different person. She was right. I am proud of myself. I didn’t think I could accomplish this much and do what I wanted to do. I learned so much about who I am and what my purpose is. Thanks Katherine for believing in me!!”
“Right from the beginning, Katherine made me feel comfortable and at ease in my decision to take a Gap Year. I liked the questionnaire she had me fill out because it made me sit and just think about what I really wanted to do. Throughout the whole planning process, I was in the driver’s seat, and Katherine was there to help me steer in a direction that felt right to me. I would never have thought about getting a job to help pay for my travels if Katherine had not suggested that. I am now ready and actually excited about going to college and studying again!”
“When my husband, our daughter and I first met with Katherine, we were impressed by her knowledge of the field, but even more struck by her connection with our daughter and interest in her life — past, present, and future. I was surprised how open our daughter was with Katherine; she clearly felt comfortable enough to be completely honest. Our daughter has had the benefit of getting to know a fun “gap year expert”, who has a wealth of information and good ideas pertaining to her exact stage of life. She considers Katherine a gift, and so do we.”
“Katherine was super helpful in figuring out what I wanted my time off before college to look like, and what nature of work I was interested in investing my time. I really appreciated her desire to understand my personal ambitions, and help structure my time off to meet my goals.”
“Taking a Gap Year isn’t something I thought of right away. But as I talked to other kids from my high school who took a year off, I started to realize it made a lot of sense for me. Katherine helped me structure my time off, and really showed me some different options that I would never have thought about on my own. I started college with fresh perspective, lots of energy and ideas, and now that I've had a break I am ready to study.”