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College Gap Year

Why I'm In Favor Of The Gap Year

Samantha Savello | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
Samantha Savello

Perhaps the most compelling reason for taking a gap year is that it offers a unique opportunity that will likely never reappear. For prospective students thinking about the next step in their lives: Don't rule out anything, including a gap year.

After Meticulously Planning My Entire Life, I Decided to Embark on a Gap Year

Ashley Rodriguez | Posted 05.27.2016 | College
Ashley Rodriguez

I'm not really sure where this gap year is going to take me (or whether it's going to be successful) but I'm excited to take a chance, not have anything planned, and see what opportunities this year brings.

What I Learned During My Post-College Gap Year

Elizabeth C. Fericy | Posted 05.24.2016 | College
Elizabeth C. Fericy

The biggest unexpected benefit from my gap year is that it gave me the time to figure out what I did not want my career to be. During college, I had my whole life planed out. My gap year helped me understand that my ultimate fulfilling career will probably not be so black and white.

Top Reasons to Take a Gap Year

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 10.19.2016 | College
Dana Westreich Hirt

We want our children to grow, to develop independent skills to navigate their world and to become resilient, capable people.

Why I'm Taking A Break From College Before I Even Start

Patrick Mott | Posted 11.02.2014 | Teen
Patrick Mott

The choice was clear as Mark Twain's quote, "Don't let schooling interfere with your education," popped into my mind. But there was one problem -- how would I tell people I was taking a year off school without seeming absolutely crazy?

6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will

Ryan O'Rourke | Posted 06.17.2016 | Travel
Ryan O'Rourke

Many would-be college students are ditching their knapsacks and textbooks for rucksacks and guidebooks. But is putting your future on hold for a year of travel the best idea?

Feeling Burned Out? Take A Gap Year

Posted 03.31.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For UCLA student Mai Lee, a gap year program between high school and college proved to be instrumental in determining her academic trajectory. "My ...

From the Amazon to the Classroom: Takeaways from My Gap Year

Joan Hanawi | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Joan Hanawi

One of the most significant takeaways I have from my experiences abroad is the learned difference between idealistic commercialized altruism and the actual capacity for one to help, if at all.

The Gap in the Classroom

Charlotte Platt | Posted 03.15.2014 | College
Charlotte Platt

The gap year comes with all of its own connotations and expectations of how it should be spent, and more often than not their proponents tend to value one experience above all others: travel. But why travel? Why at this age and stage in life?

Why I'm Glad I Was Homeschooled

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 08.18.2013 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

There are a million different aspects that went into me being homeschooled. I would be doing all my classes online and honestly, I was skeptical. I thought that there was only so much you could learn online. And I was right.

Is It Time to Re-Invent Education Systems?

Andy Braner | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Andy Braner

Widely thought to have some of the best higher education institutions in the world, we are facing increasing drop-out rates among university freshman, increasing cost of university education, and an overall generation change called "extended adolescence."

A College Student on College

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Rainesford Alexandra

So I treat college the way I treat a guy who won't take "no" for an answer: Maybe if I just don't acknowledge it, it will go away.

Just Graduated and Can't Find a Job? Give Your Gap

Bill Blanning | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
Bill Blanning

So you're graduating into a tough economy, and job prospects are bleak. Or maybe you just want to take a break before going on to grad school. So what can you do with your "gap year"?