If you’ve every found yourself at a dinner party with other college-bound families and heard the term Gap Year, it may have left you scratching your head. I know in high school I was confused wondering, what is a gap year?
I mean, what is it exactly.
Is it a year off or is there a set Gap Year program to pay for and attend? Do I have to travel internationally or are there Gap Year programs in the United States? And what will I be doing as a part of the program? Does a program have to have a specific focus? Are there ones that will point me in the right direction for a career by allowing me to sample different industries? And how a Gap Year affect my chances of getting into college?
Seriously! What is a Gap Year?
Although they’ve been around a while, if you haven’t heard of Gap Year programs, you’re not alone! In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Sandy Furth and I discuss information regarding Gap Year programs. Sandy details the background, benefits, and impact of a Gap Year on the college admission process.
Wonder no more! Your Gap Year questions will be answered here!
Listen Now: What Is A Gap Year?
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About Sandy Furth
Sandy Furth is an independent and international educational consultant and founder of World Student Support. Sandy’s practice helps families identify appropriate schools and programs that meet the specific needs of their student, internationally or in the United States.
Sandy has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, Master’s degree from the University of Utah, and a teaching certificate (Educationally Handicapped) from the University of Colorado/Denver. In addition, she has her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. Sandy has taught for over twenty years in Colorado, Malaysia, Japan, and England.
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“A gap year is ‘time on’ or ‘time in between’ to pursue a passion or pursuit a student might not have time to pursue while in school.”
“A gap year needs to be structured with a goal in mind.”
“Students come back with more of a goal of what they want to do in life. They experience a little bit of the real world before they step out in to the real world.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Getting in to a college is the beginning. Taking advantage of everything the college has to offer is the goal.
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Take a deep breath, you will find the right fit
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