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Gap Year

An Informative Presentation for Parents
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Nick DeKoster

on 6 January 2017

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Transcript of Gap Year

The 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?
Senior 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
gain skills
most colleges allow students to defer
many colleges encourage GY and are running their own programs
Junior Year
determine your goals for a gap year
understand logistics and deadlines for applying
establish a budget
start researching gap year programs
adventure
language
teach
volunteer
Types of Gap Year Experiences
City Year
www.cityyear.org
Boston City Year Graduation 2012
AMERICORPS
www.americorps.gov
United Planet
www.unitedplanet.org/
American Gap Association
americangap.org
GLOBAL Citizen Year
www.globalcitizenyear.org/program/
VOLUNTEER FOR PEACE
www.vfp.org
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
www.thesca.org
LIVE NEW ZEALAND LIMITED
www.livenewzealand.co.nz
Real Gap
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
nontraditional studies
typically a year or semester
programs and participation is growing exponentially
a change in pace
+
a change in place =
a different perspective
usagapyearfairs.org
Youth With A Mission
www.ywam.org
For a list of books
to get you started...
http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/Gap-Year-.aspx
Center for Parent Youth & Understanding
cpyu.org
info on christian gap year programs
Bridge Street House of Prayer
www.bshop.org
Myth
Students who take a year off are less likely to go to college.
Truth
90% of students who complete a structured Gap Year are enrolled in a four-year institution within 1 year
(WSJ, 2010)
AGA Survey
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?
WHY Gap?
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