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Gap Years

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.

Five Gap Year Paths That Will Boost Your Career Prospects

Vicki Salemi | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
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.

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.

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.

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

Julia Rogers | Posted 05.25.2016 | College
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 | 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.

Why I Need a Career Break at Age 23

Colleen Fogerty | Posted 05.24.2016 | College
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.

Why the Gap Year Is a Good Idea

John O'Leary | Posted 05.11.2016 | Education
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.

An Open Letter to Malia Obama - Gap Year Advice from a Travel CEO

Russ Hedge | Posted 05.05.2016 | Travel
Russ Hedge

Malia Obama The White House Washington DC 20050 Dear Malia, I wanted to extend a congratulations and my sheer enthusiasm for your decision to take ...

A Huge Motherhood Challenge That Companies Are Finally Starting To Address

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business

“Somewhere I've failed or have been failed,” Jami Demuth, a 38-year-old mother of three in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wrote last year, detailing her frui...

Taking a Gap Year Before College: 3 Success Stories

| Posted 06.12.2013 | Teen

By Alex Gladu Does it seem like all your friends have big college plans except for you? Are you unsure about what you want to do after high school...

Billionaire Explains Where Real Learning Takes Place

Posted 05.23.2013 | Business

If you're a member of the Class of 2013 and want to some day be rich enough to own your own island, you may want to pay attention to Virgin Group foun...

Hanging on to Your 'Joie de Vivre'

Carol E Wyer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Many people believe that continuing education can improve physical and mental health. I am firmly of that opinion. I can certainly attest to the benefits of taking up a hobby, an activity or learning a new skill at any age.

The Great American Gap Year

Cody Gossett | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
Cody Gossett

Almost every person we've spoken to about our travels has told us that they're envious and want to do the same thing -- to that I always say, "You can. Just put a date on your calendar and give your jobs six weeks notice before you leave."

How To Write The Perfect Personal Statement

Alex Dyer | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Remember, you'll be up against thousands of others who are also pitching their case to the universities, so whatever you write needs to be good.

The Five Myths of Travel

Matt Kepnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

Our own fears and lack of confidence keep us from going overseas and taking that trip we dream of. After you take the leap you will realize that all your worries were for naught.