The first time I heard about a Gap Year was when my son graduated high school and decided jumping into college wasn't on his agenda. Since then I've talked with a whole bunch of students wanting to take a Gap Year and many who already did it.
“What do you want to do after you graduate?”
I laughed nervously. I had been asked this several times during my senior year of high school, and I had no clue what I wanted to do. And graduation was just a few months away!
Taking a Gap Year or even a Gap Semester isn't a new concept, but for some it's daunting and feels downright allusive. I just talked with a sophmore college student recently who said, "I've always wanted to do something like this, but I didn't think I really could."
Giving thoughtful attention to your life goals and present situation can open unique opportunities you may not have realized.
Let's just go ahead and get it out on the table. Hasn't taking a break between high school and college or college and a job been something you've wished for? There is a way to make that happen and for many it's been the best decision they ever made. But don't get me wrong. Everyone needs to consider what kind of Gap Year they are going to take.
The first time I heard about a Gap Year was when...