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Tides, Timing and the College Admissions Process

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 02.03.2016 | College
Stephen Gray Wallace

Making the most of a college education. Perhaps it's as simple as tides and timing to best prepare young people for what lies ahead.

The Strong Dollar & Your Great Escape: Why Now is the Best Time To Travel for Americans

Collette Stohler | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Collette Stohler

6 months ago, I sold my car, quit my jobs, rented my Los Angeles home, and set out for a trip around the world, planning to live solely off of my savi...

Letting Go of Fear of Terrorism While Your Child Backpacks the World

Teresa Dobbins | Posted 01.21.2016 | College
Teresa Dobbins

Alexandra strongly feels and reminds me often that living in fear of what could happen is unacceptable to her, and not a way she chooses to live.

Darth Vader: How I Quit Running the Death Star to Travel the World

Map Happy | Posted 12.18.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

The Force was no longer with me after the Death Star blew up. So I execut fired all the Stormtroopers to travel the world. It was time for a break.

Top Reasons to Take a Gap Year

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 10.19.2015 | College
Dana Westreich Hirt

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

Gripped by Le Cafard

Marianne C. Bohr | Posted 10.09.2015 | Travel
Marianne C. Bohr

Seven weeks into our year of living in Europe, homesickness hit hard. We're suddenly in the clutches of profound melancholia, in the grip of le cafard. The French have an apt expression for homesickness (mal du pays), but I prefer another term: le cafard, literally "the cockroach."

Why I'm Taking a Gap Year

Sophie Bramnick | Posted 10.06.2015 | Teen
Sophie Bramnick

It's scary not having a structured plan. But I know that it's the right decision for me. Trust me, this year will not be spent on the couch watching Seinfeld reruns. I won't be having the same experience as all of my friends this year, but I'm secure with my decision.

My 'Senior' Year Abroad

Marianne C. Bohr | Posted 09.28.2015 | Travel
Marianne C. Bohr

From early in our marriage, Joe and I discussed our future gap year with joint imaginings that soon took definite shape. I became borderline obsessive about fleshing out the details of our sabbatical, pushing aside what we should do and replacing it with what we wanted to do at every juncture.

When the Second Child Leaves Home (for the First Time)

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My second child is heading off to a gap year program in a matter of days, and last night, (let's be serious -- in the wee hours of this morning), I cried. Not just cried. Boo-hooed. Sobbed. Wept. Lost it. Shed a river of tears.

Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

3 Things I Wish I'd Known As A Freshman...Who Didn't Want to Go to College

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 08.03.2015 | College
Rainesford Alexandra

Sometimes, we go to college because we're high school seniors with good grades and no criminal record, and that's what we do. We go because what else would we do? Turns out, we can do a lot. Unfortunately, we forget about it because there's nowhere to squeeze it in on the Common App.

The Other 'R-Word' I Don't Want To Hear

Debbie Galant | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Galant

For many people my age, the word 'retirement' has even worse connotations. One of my friends shrivels her nose whenever the topic comes up, as if the very word contains a whiff of nursing home. For my husband, the word is freighted with images of ancients in Florida.

The Very Easy Way to Live and Work Abroad Instantly

Map Happy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Several years ago, when I was desperately searching for opportunities to work abroad, I missed the whole concept of working holiday visas entirely. Soooo easy, as long as you're under 30. All it takes is 30 minutes to fill out a form online. Seriously.

Summer Smarts: Top 10 Places to Keep Learning Over the Summer

Cheapflights | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Cheapflights

After a week of lazing around the house, wallowing lifelessly inside a fort made from empty pizza boxes, the brain soon yearns to be fed again.

Forget Everything You Think You Know About Gap Years

Connor Love | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Connor Love

Taking a gap year is hardly a revolutionary idea. Our European and Australian counterparts are champs at it. Nonetheless, many view this time as a setback, a waste of time, money and the chance to get a jump on that all-important career. This is short-sighted.

School's Out: 12 Tips for Student Travelers Off to See the World

Cheapflights | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Cheapflights

Whether you've recently graduated and you're traveling the world, you're about to spend your summer abroad or you're just planning a road trip with friends, get ready for some great adventures.

The Ups and Downs of Travel and Life

Cliff Hsia | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

These are the ups and downs of travel. Kids get sick, parents get sick, things get lost and stress is created. It was inevitable we'd get sick while we were in Thailand. It was not a question of if, but when.

Why We Travel Slowly

Cliff Hsia | Posted 04.08.2015 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

nternational travel will be a common thread for our children growing up, especially since we started them very early. We have years of growing up together, so we're just fine taking it one country at a time, and as slowly as possible.

15 Hours Overnight at Seoul's Incheon Airport With Kids

Cliff Hsia | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Just great. Nearly twelve hours on an airplane to Incheon and six more hours the next day to Phuket with two kids and we'd have to deal with the noise of the nearby construction all night long.

8 Reasons To Take A Year Off Before College

| Posted 12.11.2014 | Teen

As college acceptance letters come pouring in and your classmates get more and more excited about this next chapter, you’re feeling a little more an...

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...

MakeSchool Co-Founder Ashu Desai Talks about, "The Computer Science Degree of the Future"

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.06.2015 | Education
David Ongchoco

MakeSchool, which was originally named MakeGamesWithUs, was born after Ashu Desai and Jeremy Rossmann decided that they needed to fix the educational gap in CS education.

Gap Years: Are They Effective for Students?

Shayla R. Price | Posted 01.23.2015 | Education
Shayla R. Price

In Europe, it's been a longstanding tradition for high school students to embark on a "gap year" of traveling and volunteering before entering their...

Little White Girls Aren't the Problem With Voluntourism; Privilege Is.

Pippa Biddle | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Privilege is, at its core, easy to identify but difficult to own up to. Those who experience it, myself included, struggle to openly recognize its existence as we hope beyond hope that our kind intentions and good will are enough to overcome it.

5 Reasons Why I'm Not Going Back To School (Yet)

Jared Kleinert | Posted 12.07.2014 | Teen
Jared Kleinert

At the end of the day, what's one year anyways? Well, it could be... everything.