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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 12.09.2014 | 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 11.23.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.

What Tony Hsieh, Pro Athletes, the Founder of UGGs and Others Taught Me About Success (Part Three)

Jared Kleinert | Posted 11.22.2014 | Teen
Jared Kleinert

"What I would tell my younger self is that everything always works out. No matter what decision you make, everything always works out. No matter what direction you take, everything always works out."

What Tony Hsieh, Pro Athletes, the Founder of UGGs and Others Taught Me About Success (Part Two)

Jared Kleinert | Posted 11.17.2014 | Teen
Jared Kleinert

Knowing what you do now, if you could have taught yourself and/or done one thing at 18 years old to create a better foundation for your future success, what would it have been and why?

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Life Lessons From the Land Down Under

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

I just arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, after a few very pleasant days in Australia, which is just coming out of a pleasant winter and heading into an even more pleasant spring. Did I mention it's very pleasant there? It's a country where the people are as sunny as the weather. They're upbeat, social, outgoing, gregarious, eager to connect and engage. And yet they're not immune to some of the same darker trends confronting other countries. Australia may be geographically isolated from the rest of the world, but they're right in the middle with the rest of us in facing the roadblocks that keep us from living a healthy life -- from overwork and exhaustion to burnout and stress, all amplified by technology. And Australia has its own traditions and unique ways of getting around these roadblocks -- from a vibrant beach culture to the ancient Aboriginal concept of "Dreamtime."

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?

A New Perspective

Global Citizen Year | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
Global Citizen Year

A week after returning from my eight-month stay in Ecuador, I found myself on Stanford's campus for the "Admitted Students Weekend." There I was, wear...

Taking a Gap Year to Change the World and Yourself

Brad Jamison | Posted 09.13.2014 | College
Brad Jamison

I've been wondering lately if our traditional model of launching one's career - going directly from college into the workforce, maybe hitting grad school along the way - is the best approach out there.

4 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad at 40

Yelena Parker | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Yelena Parker

Big dates make us pause, review where our lives have taken us, reevaluate our priorities and set new goals. For those who do not have children, a change of scenery to clear your head and make a difference for communities in need can help.

6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will

Ryan O'Rourke | Posted 08.23.2014 | 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?

14 Ways to Work While Traveling

Stephanie Be | Posted 08.13.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Congrats to all of the new grads! If you're looking to put your career on hold and TRAVEL before you dive into a committed occupation, here's list of ways to do it!

Reentering the U.S. After a Year Abroad: Responsible Intentions

Maddy Lisaius | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Maddy Lisaius

On the airplane from Quito to Houston, I wondered how challenging stepping into my United States world would be after my "gap" year spent in Ecuador.

How This Couple Reinvented Themselves From The Inside Out

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many of us are increasingly aware of the countdown clock as we hit our 50s and then our 60s. What once seemed like a future full of opportunity, and time to take advantage of it, is increasingly looking like a looming deadline, and we feel like we'd better get our act together before we run out of time.

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 ...

This University Will Pay Students To Take Year Off

AP | PAIGE SUTHERLAND | Posted 03.14.2014 | College

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A new Tufts University program hopes to remove the financial barriers keeping cash-strapped students from taking a year off af...

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.

17 Unique Quotes From Young Travelers That Will Make You Want to Pack Up and Go

Stephanie Be | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Travel: we love it. Feelings: we have them. But there's an omnipotence to words, that's sometimes stripped by clichés. Here's a look at original mantra from the everyday person -- young travelers - on the phenomenon that re-defines life.

If You Were a 17-Year-Old Out of High School, What Would You Do With Your Life?

Quora | Posted 04.19.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Quora

I tested out of high school two years early, and lately I've just become so stuck and cynical of life. I don't know what I'm missing and why I'm stuck...

Travel Is My Grad School

Adam Groffman | Posted 03.29.2014 | College
Adam Groffman

It would seem I still have a lot of friends and followers that think my year-long gap year is just a joy trip. A lot of money for a lot of fun. Well, ...

A Travel Addict's Index to Higher Highs

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

"When you travel often, you will be addicted to it forever." -- Henry Miller Gateway drugs push you on to higher highs. Could the same be said for...

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?