The Four-Year Gap Year
Jan03

The Four-Year Gap Year

The Four Year Gap Year: My Daughter’s Journey to College. Not every teen is ready to go to college when they graduate. Sometimes a gap year (or 4) can help.

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Parent College Coach Tip #27: Don’t Fear the Gap Year
Aug08

Parent College Coach Tip #27: Don’t Fear the Gap Year

“I want to take a year before I go to college” are some of the most feared words by parents. What do we fear? We fear they won’t want to go back to school after being off for a year. We fear they will lie around the house, watch TV and play video games. We fear they aren’t thinking clearly and have no idea what they are saying. And for those competitive parents, it’s not what they planned. But you don’t necessarily need to fear the gap year. Have a serious conversation. If your student is considering a gap year, you should have a serious conversation—without judgment. Let them talk and listen. Try to find out why they want to do this. Is it about fear of college, are they afraid of failing or not being accepted, or are they simply unsure about what they want to do. Once you know that reason, it will be easier to parent regarding their decision. Be straightforward and honest. If you ascertain that their reasons are motivated by fear of failing, be encouraging. Point out their strengths and offer to help if they are struggling. Tutoring might help or consider hiring a professional college counselor to help them make some decisions. If they truly don’t feel college is for them, be supportive and discuss what the next year will be like. Make a plan Gap years are successful and beneficial if your student has a plan. During this year, they should work toward determining what they want to do once the year is up. This can be accomplished in many different ways. They could work and save money for college. They could investigate internships or apprenticeships in areas they are interested in. They could travel and work abroad. It’s all about making a plan, setting the ground rules, and making sure they understand what is expected of them. Gap years are becoming more and more acceptable, especially with colleges. Once your student has been accepted, it’s not uncommon for them to defer admission for a year and use that time to get focused. And remember that not all students are ready for college. Push and they will suffer the consequences. Keep an open mind, discuss the possibilities, and breathe deeply. It could be the best year in your student’s...

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Are You A Gap Year Candidate?
Feb27

Are You A Gap Year Candidate?

According to the research, Gap Year graduates who have participated in a structured Gap Year are performing better in college (1-2 points in GPA), graduating earlier, proving more motivated in their studies, engaging more in campus activities, and are happier in their careers.

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Gap Year: Should those words strike fear in your heart?
Jan30

Gap Year: Should those words strike fear in your heart?

Several Ivy League colleges, like Harvard and Princeton, encourage a gap year and in return they gain students who are more focused and are more likely to complete their college education within 5 years.

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Takeaway Tweets from #CampusChat on The Gap Year

Tremendous info shared on #CampusChat's discussion of the Gap Year. A big thank you to Carol Christen (author: What Color is Your Parachute – for Teens) and Robin Pendoley (founder: Thinking Beyond Borders) for sharing their insider knowledge about the benefits and opportunities related to taking a Gap Year before enrolling in college. If you have not read about the Gap Year, check out these posts on Smart College Visit: The Wide World of Gap Years Discovering the Gap Year Here are the highlights from the March 16, 2011...

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Tonight on CampusChat: The Gap Year
Mar16

Tonight on CampusChat: The Gap Year

#CampusChat – Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 9PM Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific. Imagine you're a high school senior. You've applied to a few colleges but your heart's just not in to the outcome and you've got a feeling that maybe you're not quite ready for college.   Yet, you want to do something other than work at the local burger joint but you can't quite put your finger on what that could be.   Maybe taking a year off between graduation and going to college would be a good idea. That's what is known as "The Gap Year" and it's our topic on #CampusChat tonight. Carol Christen, author of What Color is Your Parachute for Teens, is tonight's co-host. We'll be joined by others who have expertise about Gap Year programs and opportunities.  To join us, follow the hashtag #CampusChat on Twitter and use this hashtag in every tweet you want to contribute to the conversation.  Resources: Twitter Tools for #CampusChat Note: this chat was originally scheduled for 03/09/11, but due to technical difficulties we had to cancel last week's chat and reschedule for 03/16/11. All books titles listed on this site can be purchased through our Smart College Visit Store, an Amazon...

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