High school students often graduate feeling unsure about their future and rushed into starting college. A gap year provides them an opportunity to explore their passions and develop lifelong skills before making the leap to college.
Gap years are a popular route for high school graduates who are looking for a clarifying and stimulating break between high school and college. It’s not uncommon for students to finish high school feeling burnt out and unsure about their next steps, yet pressured to make a speedy transition into university life. Gap years can give students the time to nurture their interests, while building skills that will contribute toward a successful college experience.
Through activities such as traveling, interning, or volunteering, gap years offer an enriching way to gain deeper self-awareness and begin college with more clarity. Despite its name, a gap year is not necessarily a twelve month experience—you can choose to take a “gap” for more or less than a year.
Gap years can be completed in your home country or abroad. Some students even choose to plan their own customised gap year, separate from a structured program.
“I am convinced that one’s college education is greatly enhanced by the maturity, experience, and perspective a student can bring post gap year.”– FRED A. HARGADON, Dean of Admissions, Princeton University
Traveling abroad and working closely with local communities
Stepping outside your comfort zone and learning from new experiences
Working with 1-on-1 with a coach to learn more about yourself and your interests
Developing a portfolio or project and seeing ideas through from imagination to completion
Building power skills like self-advocacy, time management, emotional intelligence, and more
Strategizing with your coach to set goals for yourself and your work
Bringing a project to life during a 48 hour work sprint
Diving into a project, class, or internship to further explore your interests
of students who take a gap year return to school afterwards
of gappers said their gap year increased their readiness for college