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Will Gap Year Programs Continue During Uncertain Travel Times?

In its simplest terms, a Gap Year is time taken off between high school and college, but gap years can mean different things to different people. Some students find it necessary to take time off before starting college in order to save money, while others take a year to volunteer for a meaningful cause or to take a break from academics for awhile.

Regardless of motives, gap year programs have become increasingly popular, and about 40,000 students did some kind of gap year in 2019, according to the Gap Year Association. That’s out of more than two million first-time college students starting as freshmen in the U.S. each year.

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The Washtenaw Voice

A gap year doesn’t mean a gap in learning

When my best friend Louisa graduated from high school, she and I bought plane tickets to Hidalgo, Mexico and left to help teach English at an elementary school.

We spent a year putting on school programs and events, reading storybooks, making crafts with sticky-handed four-year-olds, and meeting Louisa’s extended family.

I learned, felt, saw, touched, tasted, heard and experienced so much during that year. My Spanish-speaking skills increased, I gained a whole new family, and I knew for sure that I wanted to major in elementary education.

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Albuquerque Business First

More high school graduates are taking a gap year before college. Here’s what parents need to know.

The idea of taking a gap year before college — a long-accepted practice in countries like Norway, Denmark, and Turkey, where more than 50% of students postpone college for a year — is starting to gain traction in the U.S. Contrary to the perception that a student who takes a gap year is either academically troubled or “backpacking around Europe,” many of today’s gap-year students have secured their college placement and understand that taking a break can have significant, long-lasting benefits.

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The Daily Princetonian

Take a gap year

As a sophomore, it is a daily occurrence for me to hear my friends utter phrases such as “maybe I’ll take a gap year,” “I need a break,” or — best yet — “I think I’ll drop out.” There are a lot of stress factors here at Princeton — academically and socially — and sophomore year seems to be around the time when people start to feel the effects of an approaching…

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