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Transcript of Gap Year
Planning for a Gap Year
Planning for a Gap Year
Questions to consider
Why Gap Year?
Examples of Programs
What is a gap year?
Fall: submit all college apps
Jan-Mar: Submit apps to gap year programs; receive acceptance letters from college
Mar-Apr: Understand college's deferral policy
May: Send deposit to college and make written request for deferment
Why do you want to do a GY?
What do you hope to learn?
What type of program?
How long do you want to be away?
Group or individual experience?
What will the cost be?
What the research says...
it's not for everyone
a break from the educational treadmill
for really undecided students, an experience to gain direction and focus, self confidence, independence
most colleges allow students to defer
many colleges encourage GY and are running their own programs
determine your goals for a gap year
understand logistics and deadlines for applying
establish a budget
start researching gap year programs
Types of Gap Year Experiences
Boston City Year Graduation 2012
American Gap Association
GLOBAL Citizen Year
VOLUNTEER FOR PEACE
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
LIVE NEW ZEALAND LIMITED
Swaziland – orphan care
Overall, research suggests...
more likely to graduate in four years
higher GPA compared to traditional freshmen
less likely to change major
more marketable for internships and jobs
more aware of their academic and professional passions
a period b/t high school and college
typically a year or semester
programs and participation is growing exponentially
a change in pace
a change in place =
a different perspective
Youth With A Mission
For a list of books
to get you started...
Center for Parent Youth & Understanding
info on christian gap year programs
Bridge Street House of Prayer
Students who take a year off are less likely to go to college.
90% of students who complete a structured Gap Year are enrolled in a four-year institution within 1 year
Two Common Questions
Will a Gap Year just add another year of tuition to an already expensive degree?
Why not just do a study abroad program in college?