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Gap Year

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 02.26.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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 02.17.2014 | GPS for the Soul

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?

The Big Decision I Don't Want To Be Pressured Into Making

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.18.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Young students shouldn't be rushed into making a decision about their education without really knowing what that decision means.

7 Trips I Should've Taken Before Getting A Job

Suzy Strutner | Posted 12.23.2013 | Travel
Suzy Strutner

Very few employers are interested in lending you three weeks to wander aimlessly, explore the greater universe, and "find yourself." Do it now.

Gap Year Is the New Education

Andy Braner | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Andy Braner

I'm so excited for the class of 2014 as they engage in learning important leadership skills, invest in global business, education, and health care, and become the leaders of tomorrow who can make a difference in the world by knowing the world's problems and wresting through real solutions as they pursue higher education.

'How to Not Get Sick in India,' and Six Other Lessons From a Trip Around the World

Daniel Kronovet | Posted 10.12.2013 | Travel
Daniel Kronovet

These things aren't obvious and generally ran against my initial assumptions. If you're planning a similar trip abroad, these might save you some trouble. If you're not, they might (hopefully) whet the palate.

Backpacker's Technology Guide

Cody Gossett | Posted 06.22.2013 | Travel
Cody Gossett

Katie and I are two Americans taking a Gap Year. We're spending time in Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, and Europe. There's a lot to s...

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."

Missing South Korea's Charms

Claudine Williams | Posted 04.29.2013 | Travel
Claudine Williams

Living abroad for several months can give travelers the opportunity to witness firsthand how others live. After I left my home in Georgia and moved to...

Grounding Liberal Arts Education in Real-World Experience

David Van Zandt | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
David Van Zandt

Parents and students expect real results from the four-year undergraduate curriculum. This is not unreasonable. Scholarly studies have shown that programs like Global Citizen Year do deliver real educational outcomes.

Is It Time to Re-Invent Education Systems?

Andy Braner | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Andy Braner

Widely thought to have some of the best higher education institutions in the world, we are facing increasing drop-out rates among university freshman, increasing cost of university education, and an overall generation change called "extended adolescence."

More Detours Needed on Path to College

Jeff Selingo | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

It seems we send some kids off to college because there is nowhere else to put them. The campus is a convenient, if expensive, warehouse.

A College Student on College

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Rainesford Alexandra

So I treat college the way I treat a guy who won't take "no" for an answer: Maybe if I just don't acknowledge it, it will go away.

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.

More Mistakes to Avoid When Completing College Apps

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.06.2012 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For seniors, the college application process has begun (or is beginning now). In my last blog, I identified four common, but avoidable mistakes college applicants make in completing applications, and promised to follow with more.

My $50,000 Learning Experience

Mary Lou Floyd | Posted 10.16.2012 | Fifty
Mary Lou Floyd

Was the school not right for her or did she need some maturing? Or had I gotten so caught up in the college acceptance frenzy that I had put unrealistic demands and expectations on her?

Studying Abroad: A Life-Changing Experience

Uloop | Posted 09.02.2012 | College

Many times, after visiting a place, people say they would like to go back. I don't have that luxury when speaking about Shanghai; I cannot just come back and visit, I must come back and live.

To Change the World, Ignore Your Parents

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.10.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

First in his family to go to college, paid for by parents of humble and modest means, Jerry Hildebrand resisted their "tremendous pressure" to pursue a conventional career and, instead, opted to join the very first Peace Corps cohort.