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Gap Year Programs

How My Gap Year Transformed Me From Lost High School Kid to Prepared Young Adult

Piper Jenne | Posted 05.25.2016 | College
Piper Jenne

To anyone contemplating taking a gap year: I cannot urge strongly enough that there is no better way to transform yourself from a lost high school kid who thinks they've got a clue, to a young adult who's starting to get the idea that cluelessness is a necessary part of life.

Why Your High School Graduate May Want To Take A Gap Year

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.06.2016 | Fifty

When my oldest child set off to college a few years back, I couldn't have been more excited for him. But after two semesters at a large $60,000-a-year...

Crazy Fun Gap-Year Ideas For Grownups

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.10.2014 | Fifty

Gap years truly are, with apologies to that old Coca-Cola ad, the "pause that refreshes." But until recently, they -- like youth -- were wasted on the...

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 ...

Are Boys Ready for College?

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Young men don't want to be pushed at 17 or 18 to make these kinds of choices with all the weight they carry. They are still finding out what they like, what they can do, what is important to them.

In International Volunteerism, Structure Pays

Abigail Falik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Abigail Falik

Back then, I wanted to be independent, and avoided anything that smacked of an organized "program". So what I am doing leading one today?