Gap Year: “A semester or year of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or post-secondary education, in order to deepen one’s practical, professional, and personal awareness.”
Interested in an opportunity to take a break from traditional education to explore other opportunities and experiences? Are you looking for activities that push you out of your comfort zone or let you deeply explore an interest area?
A gap year may be right for YOU! Intentional gap years that typically involve service, work, travel, career exploration, or specific skill development benefit students in some profound ways: provide clarity and purpose; improve earning and business potential with a global background that is tested in the real world; and improve academic outcomes such as GPA, time-to-graduation, and leadership. 90% of students go on to enroll in a four-year institution within one-year of completing their gap year. Studies have shown that taking a gap year is not only tied to increases in college GPAs, but also more significantly is tied to improved job satisfaction [2015 National Alumni Survey]. In short, taking the time to figure out what success looks like is a guaranteed way to be directed in achieving it.
For more information about the potential and possibilities of a gap year, visit https://gapyearassociation.org/explorethegapyear.php.