In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ethan Knight, the Executive Director of the American Gap Association. Ethan has established an accreditation process by which Gap Years are becoming more regulated, ensuring students participate in programs that are both educational and safe.
Ethan shares with us his own experience taking a gap year, as well as some of his favorite programs that have been accredited through his organization.
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About Ethan Knight
Ethan Knight is the Executive Director of the American Gap Association. He has been known to say that passion is a better predictor of success than IQ will ever be.
In 1996, Ethan took a Gap Year of his own after graduating high school before attending Willamette University and graduating with majors in English and Philosophy and a minor in Environmental Sciences.
“We are seeing a shift in education to experiential learning to open up students to a variety of ways they might engage with the world.”
“Research shows that students who take a gap year are almost 75% more likely to say they are happy or extremely satisfied with their career than those that don’t take a gap year.”
Reflecting on his own gap year experience: “For every step I took outside, I felt I was mirroring a step inside.”
Regarding taking a gap year: “You can work as an intern in the field you’re interested in and see if it is a good fit.”
To explore the various programs that Ethan shared during this episode, visit the American Gap Association’s Accredited Member Page.
Want to hear more about gap years? Click here to hear episode 30 of The College Checklist Podcast featuring Sandy Furth.
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