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Category: Gap Years

Posted May 28, 2021, 11:29 a.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
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Gap programs have been gaining in popularity among rising college freshmen ever since COVID-19 forced colleges to go online, and the prospect of potentially losing that in-person, freshman year experience became real. Fortunately, gap programs have been quick to adapt. The “gap” usually refers to a year but now gap programs can run for a few weeks, three months, a semester, or an academic year. Since COVID-19, many more online programs have cropped up. A “gap year program” is now a catch-all term that gives high school graduates a chance to choose an option that fits their schedule and budget, ...

Posted April 26, 2021, 1:44 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
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The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives in so many ways. Adults began to work from home and students (and their families) took on the challenge of remote/virtual schooling. Universities and colleges closed campuses to protect their staff, faculty, and students, which led many incoming freshmen wondering if starting school in the fall was the right step. College tuition was still full price but without any in-person classes, amenities, or excitement of on-campus classes and living, so is this the right time to take on so much debt? Instead, students are now considering alternatives, like working for a year or taking ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2021, 12:31 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Year Program

After years and years of constant schooling, sometimes you just need a break. A break from books, teachers, and homework assignments, with a chance to explore the world outside the classroom. A gap year -- a year between high school and college dedicated to work, travel, or service -- might be what you’re looking for. And to help you explore the possibilities a gap year can offer, we are proud to announce TeenLife’s 2021 Guide to Gap Year Programs, newly updated with even more program offerings. Download the guide to learn about the basics of planning a gap year, get ...

Posted Dec. 9, 2020, 12:16 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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The programs represented in TeenLife Media’s 2021 Guide to Gap Programs span all kinds of gap opportunities, schedules, and budgets. Whatever it might be, it is an opportunity for you to focus on personal growth before you take those next steps in life. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. Many universities and colleges are choosing to keep their students safe and limit their academic year to virtual or distance learning. In response, students are asking if this pandemic presents the opportunity to pursue a different avenue instead of the direct transition into higher learning. Additionally, gap programs are working ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2020, 10 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Gap year and semester programs are more popular than ever with many prospective freshmen wondering if it's better to take a year off before they head off to college. Whether it's abroad or at home, we want to share a wide variety of gap programs that you don't want to miss! From expeditions across breathtaking mountains to develop your skills in leadership, there are unique opportunities for a wide range of interests and passions. Please keep checking back as we will continue to add more! Arcos Journey Abroad Session Dates: April 4th to May 26th, 2021 Travel this spring to ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2020, 2:07 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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November 4, 2020. TeenLife Media and the Gap Year Association are pleased to announce a two-year partnership agreement which began on October 1, 2020! Our joint mission in this effort is to increase the visibility of gap year opportunities among families with high school students, as well as the college counselors and independent consultants who work with them. TeenLife has been a recognized resource in the high school space since 2008 and is known for building greater awareness of all sorts of meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students before they enter college. The GYA is likewise excited to connect with ...

Posted Sept. 15, 2020, 10:06 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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The nation got a taste of online learning when schools and universities closed for the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Now, it seems like it is here to stay with students and parents are learning how to adapt. These fall online learning programs offer students a unique opportunity to participate in a virtual program that would otherwise need to be taken in person. These programs can range from two weeks to 10 months and cover a wide range of topics. Check back as we continue to add more! Boston Leadership Institute: Virtual STEM Courses Categories: Academic, STEM Session Date: ...

Posted July 7, 2020, 7:35 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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A gap year is defined as a year or semester 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. Taking a gap year does not have to mean traveling far away from home. In order to adapt to these unprecedented times, many programs are being offered online. We have put together a list of online gap programs to help you learn more! These gap programs offer the chance to spend an academic year or semester exploring a career such as medicine, communications, health care, ...

Posted June 16, 2020, 12:19 p.m. by Jane Sarouhan | View Comments
Gap Year Ideas

You do not need to leave the country - or your home - to have a meaningful gap year. Long before Coronavirus, we have been defining the gap year as a period of time when an individual takes a deliberate pause from school or work to pursue interests, skills and personal growth. Note that this definition says nothing of the location, activity or cost. As college campuses and travel experiences will all be significantly modified this fall, a gap year close to home – with the right blend of intention, structure, mentorship and peers - may very well be the ...

Posted May 27, 2020, 8:56 a.m. by Jason Sarouhan | View Comments
Should You Take a Gap Year or Go to College in Fall 2020?

College-bound students around the country are out of time and lack critical information to make a decision about their path forward this fall. Final admissions deadlines for most colleges loom on June 1st, with precious few clearly articulating the learning environment students can anticipate. The gap year option has been mopped around the media as both a poison and antidote, yet few helpful truths have been articulated to help students with their decision. Let's get a few things straight about the gap year. Are Gap Years a Thing in the United States? Despite what you might have read, gap year ...

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