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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
Somewhere along the 12-year stint of schooling, students need the challenge of answering, "What do I really want to learn? What kind of help do I need to pursue my dream?" Considering those questions is the seed for maturity.
I visited a diverse group of individuals who were participating in The John Jay Institute's 2011-2012 Fellows Program -- a faith-based gap-year program which seeks to cultivate leaders for careers of principled service.
A gap year is a tradition for students -- time between school and university spent traveling, working, "chilling." Why not introduce a similar break, a time to completely step away from our usual routines, for everyone who turns 50?