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Gap Year

Please Don't Move To Canada, But Keep Traveling

Julia Rogers | Posted 11.14.2016 | Home
Julia Rogers

It is easy to joke about moving to Canada, but the truth is we need you here, there and everywhere.

It Doesn't Get Any Easier

Adina Ciment | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home
Adina Ciment

My second oldest child left home last week, hopping on a plane to spend a gap year abroad before she starts college. The year before, I sent my oldest daughter off on pretty much the same trip so you'd think I would know what I was doing.

The Gap Year Experience

Erica Pence | Posted 07.19.2016 | Home
Erica Pence

The " gap year" has been a notable topic of discussion for several years. Should it be mandatory? Should it be a requirement for American citizens to ...

In a Divided World, Gap Years Create Better Global Citizens

Julia Rogers | Posted 07.14.2016 | Home
Julia Rogers

Imagine a world where a generation of young people engaged outside the bubble they grew up in through meaningful volunteer work, civil service or ethical travel. They would uncover a truth that is often drowned out by the noise of media, pundits and unconscious prejudice: we are all human, deserving of love, compassion and respect. In a word, ubuntu.

Vacation To Worcation: 3 Ways To Become a Productive Digital Nomad

Brian David Crane | Posted 07.05.2016 | Home
Brian David Crane

Tired of spending your workday sitting in an office? Or maybe you've just come back from a trip, and you've got a serious case of wanderlust? If you're like me, then you know that the more places you travel, the more you want to see and explore.

Taking the Gap

Brian Denney | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Brian Denney

One of the most commonly upheld principles regarding American higher education is that it is linear. A student finishes high school, goes to college,...

Taking A Gap Year Is Not Only For Those In Their Youth

Candy Spitz LCSW, PCC, BCC | Posted 06.30.2016 | Home
Candy Spitz LCSW, PCC, BCC

Midlife is a perfect time to take stock, change direction, sample something new. Often you operate at supersonic speed in work and home.

Why I'm In Favor Of The Gap Year

Samantha Savello | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
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.

So Malia is Taking a Gap Year

Andy Braner | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
Andy Braner

Although Gap Years have been around for a long time, America is just waking up to the trend. The fact we are already talking about this issue at the beginning of our formal association is indicative that we will achieve this diversity gap quicker than our formal academy friends.

Five Gap Year Paths That Will Boost Your Career Prospects

Vicki Salemi | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
Vicki Salemi

And in case you're wondering if forgoing that year of work experience will "look bad" to future employers, the answer, at least for me, is "no." The key is to do something valuable with your time, and then highlighting this experience on your resume and during interviews.

The Four Pairs Of Shoes I Need To Travel The World

Denise C. Rehrig | Posted 06.16.2016 | Home
Denise C. Rehrig

Twelve of those months were spent traveling across 26 countries on six continents; the rest of the time has been dedicated to re-acclimating to life in one place, for now, surrounded by familiar faces and things. The lessons I learned out there have helped immeasurably with the transition back here.

How My Gap Year Saved Me From The Wrong Career

Jaime van der Peijl | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
Jaime van der Peijl

I really believe there's never been a better time to take a gap year. My generation will spend more years of their life working than perhaps any other in history. So we better spend our lives doing something we enjoy.

Malia Obama's Taking A Gap Year, What About Your Child?

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
Dawn Q Landau

When our youngest son told us that he wasn't interested in college tours, and needed a break from school, I wasn't really surprised. He had been miserable in school for most of his four years of high school, and the idea of going straight to college was something he did not want to do.

Let's Be Honest. We Could ALL Use A Gap Year.

Kai Ravariere | Posted 06.08.2016 | Home
Kai Ravariere

Taking a gap year is, simply put, taking time out to follow pursuits in an effort to grow and evolve as an individual before approaching the next milestone in life.

Adventures in Freelancing: A Professional Gap Year

Michelle Israel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Michelle Israel

Ah - the college gap year. Thrust into the spotlight by Malia Obama's announcement that she plans to cultivate outside interests before heading to college, a gap year can help post-grads begin a journey of self-discovery. But what about the rest of us, those who aren't fresh out of high school or college?

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

Ashley Rodriguez | Posted 05.27.2016 | Home
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.

Why I Turned Down My Dream School and Took a Gap Year

FlockU | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home

So don't feel bad about being unsure, and don't be afraid to change your mind. There's strength in recognizing when something doesn't feel right. Don't believe the hype about having to attend the most prestigious college in order to lead a successful life.

My Gap Year Became My Gap Life

Sarah McArthur | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Sarah McArthur

When I graduated college in 2009, I had this naive idea that I would instantly be flooded with good job offers. Now I just laugh at my young 21-year-old self. Instead, I left North Carolina (where I went to college) and moved back home to Massachusetts.

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

Piper Jenne | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
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.

Gap Years are Invaluable to All Students, Not Just the 1 Percent

Julia Rogers | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Julia Rogers

Dismissing the gap year concept as another privilege of the 1 percent does a disservice to us all, as society would gain substantially from a generation of more engaged, self-directed and academically-motivated young people.

What I Learned During My Post-College Gap Year

Elizabeth C. Fericy | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
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.

Why I Need a Career Break at Age 23

Colleen Fogerty | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
Colleen Fogerty

We spend the first 18 years of our life learning English, math, science and history. Once we know how to write in MLA format and long divide, we're expected to have the tools to select the best path to lead us to our dream career.

Fall Into The Gap

Tom Caramanno | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home
Tom Caramanno

Fall Into The Gap Thanks to Malia Obama, the notion of the gap year, or taking time off before attending college, has gained immense popularity (and ...

Why the Gap Year Is a Good Idea

John O'Leary | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
John O'Leary

What most of us do is we graduate with degrees in finance and have no clue what we want to do with it. Well, if you had taken a little bit more time to be reflective on really what matters and why, it may make that big, huge cash investment and time investment worthy.

Women Using the 'Gap Year' to Close the Gender Gap

Gregory Malveaux | Posted 05.10.2016 | Home
Gregory Malveaux

More and more women are pursuing the gap year, a form of study abroad, as a vehicle to help close what they see as a persistent gap in gender equality in the job market. In fact, sixty-five percent of all American post-secondary students abroad during the 2012-2013 academic year were female. They are aptly using this year abroad to gain skills and knowledge prior to entering American higher education and the workforce.