As a result of COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on colleges opening this fall, many students are considering taking a gap year and then enrolling next year.
If you are in the minority of high school seniors students who are considering a gap year (and your deferral request is approved by your college or university), the essential component of a successful gap year is planning. There are plenty of resources for students including books and websites to determine what types of programs appeal to you. Two websites that will help you to research gap year programs: the Gap Year Association and the Gap Year.
Once you have an idea of what opportunities are available, think about the goals you should have for your time off. There are thousands of options for time off as well as infinite combinations of activities.
Here are common ways to consider spending gap year:
- Internships: Spend time working in a career field that interests you.
- Volunteer work: You can find volunteer work both in the U.S. and abroad.
- Academics: Take online classes at a local college.
- Work: Here is where students can become creative.
What are the factors you should consider in planning to have a productive and meaningful gap year?
- What do I want to learn?
- How much structure do I want or need?
- What kinds of things do I want to do?
- Where in the world do I want to be? (Assuming that in the midst of your gap year travel restrictions are lifted.
With regard to a gap year , we advise our clients to PLAN PLAN and PLAN to to successfully accomplish your personal goals as well as have a memorable experience!
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