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McKenzie Finigan

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Transcript of GAP YEARS

Due to the number of available and beneficial options for a gap year, more students should be exposed to the opportunity of taking a productive year off after high school and before college that can bring many benefits through a students' college career and afterward as well.

Applied Learning
Kara Finnigan
What's your take on the gap year?
-There are two different kinds of
people who take a gap year, one
to develop more skills and get basic preparation, and another for people who want more competition.
-Academic red shirting: parents hold kids back at age 5 for the same types of reasons.
We also talked about kids sitting in on her classes.
-Non-matriculating students sitting in on the class but aren't registered can pay and have the class be counted for if they get in.
She teaches graduate students so once in a while she will have students looking at that program sit in before they actually get into the program.

Guiding Questions
McKenzie Finigan
Ms. Cresser
P. 2 Research

What are the benefits during college?

What are the benefits after college?

What are the options available during a gap year?

Should all colleges offer gap years?

Should high schools teach students more about the option of a gap year?
I chose this topic to increase awareness that students have different options off the normal pathway through their education.

Bridging the Gap
Dependence and Independence

Self Discipline


Jobs during a Gap Year
10,000 students drop out each year

Over 60% of students left on their own financially

Working part time in college- beneficial

Full time in college-not beneficial

Real world experience
New perspective
Many travel programs correlating with a specific major.
-Medicine programs, teaching, social work,
There are scholarships available for these programs!
Good connection into the work sphere

Option to go back to that company after college

Gives the person an "in" with the company

Good on a resume
Second Chance
Gives students a second chance at their top schools.

Some students are required to take a gap year before attending their college.

Non-credit classes

SATS and other testing

Extra Year for sports
Extra year to develop and grow

This extra year brings the athlete a great advantage in college

Work on academics and athletics
-Athletes might not be prepared in their schoolwork or might not be developed fully.

Better chance of getting into top choice college

5th year of high school is considered a gap year

Lots of prep schools allow for 5th year students
Although football forces athletes to go to college for at least one year, not all sports do.
The number of athletes skipping college to play pro sports is increasing each year.
This causes less athletes to make it to the pros because in sports like baseball and hockey, they have to play in minor leagues first.
The gap year, or 5th year of high school, would help develop these athletes more.
Developing Nations
Why not volunteer and travel?
Lots of culture and a different view of life
Benefits that country as well.

I also know two students currently in a gap year.
One is in Israel working in a program through her temple.

Another is working and taking classes at Brown. He couldn't go to Brown unless he took a gap year and took classes on the side.

Helps with time management

Practice run for college

Many productive ways to use that time
Many different kinds of students can benefit from the gap year from the competitive ones, to the the ones that need more time to develop. The Gap year can make students prepared for college and can give them lots of real world experience.

Find a program that will get you involved

Most gap year programs include some sort of volunteer work.

In state tuition can be half the price of out of state tuition.
Taking a gap year to live in a different state can make tuition cheaper.
Becoming a resident of that state takes anywhere from 3 months to one year of living in that state.
Through this project I learned how to research a topic and learned responsibility and time management.
In-State tuition
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King, Andrew “Minding the Gap? Young people’s accounts of taking a gap year as a form of identity work in higher education” Journal of Youth Studies 2011, ebscohost Oct. 3, 2013
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