Watch Your Step—But Don’t Be Afraid of a Gap Year!

"Mind the Gap" Sign -- Gap YearSeniors: As you map out the timeline of your post-graduation time, have you considered the possibility of embracing a gap year?

Commonly adopted by British and Australian students, a gap year promotes rejuvenation of the mind and time to align goals—specifically landing on a curricular and career path.  Benefits certainly lie in jumpstarting your college courses immediately, but the same could easily be said about setting aside months for traveling, volunteering, or simply to venture into previously unexplored interests.

Just remember that the terms “break” or “rest” should have no place in describing a gap year.  While you’re bestowed a breath of fresh air, drowning in procrastination and ultimately futile disposal of your year will do you no favors.  Consider these tips as you mull over the gap year possibility?

It’s All About Structure!
No matter your intention, be sure of one thing: your plan for the year.  This is particularly true if you’d like to section your months according to specific plans, whether it’s several landmarks during travel or something equally fulfilling.

You’re not alone in this planning process.  In fact, it’s become such a popular idea in the United States that organizations were born from gap year planning.  These organizations are dedicated to aiding students seeking guidance or information about carrying out a gap year, such as Interim Programs, LEAPNOW or

If you’re unsure about taking the plunge, gap year experts and advocates will gladly offer counsel in your decision.  Invaluable lessons are awaiting every moment, inside and outside of the classroom.

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