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Off is Often an Advantage
Year Off is Often an
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:28 AM EDT
Excerpts from a recent Washington Post
online reader chat with reporter Ian Shapira; Marlyn McGrath Lewis,
Director of Admissions at Harvard College; and Holly Bull, President
of the Center for Interim Programs with offices in Princeton, N.J.,
and Cambridge, Mass.
Year: Are You Ready to Take a Break?
Gap Year: Are
You Ready to Take a Break?
Next Step Magazine
By Phyllis M.
8/7/2007 4:24:14 PM
Katy Jane Tull of Austin,
Texas, dreaded an overwhelming college experience after breezing
through high school. So she took a year off to pursue other
You'll be surprised, and maybe relieved,
to learn that the European tradition of a "gap year" is gaining
ground in the United States. "Gap year changed my life in ways I
don't even know yet," says Katy Jane. "I would encourage all
students to consider this. It helps you get ready to learn how to be
Now a freshman at Bard College in
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York., Katy Jane's academic and social
adjustment has proceeded more smoothly than she
Years Can be Smart for High School Seniors
Years' Can Be Smart Move for High School
By Lisa Scherzer
July 19, 2007
"My last year of high school was kind of
hard for me," says Barr, from Wayland, Massachusetts, who says she
struggled with stress and depression. So rather than jump into four
more years of school work, she arranged a year-long internship
program through Dynamy, an Hands-On Learning program. "I was
interested in a lot of different things. But I wanted to learn more
to make sure I was interested in those things. I wanted to get
experience before college because learning in a class, you only get
one side of a profession."
students have a narrowly-defined path set out for them. It's school
for 12 years, followed by college for another four. Then faster than
you can ask "where's the keg party," it's time to get a job and pay
down those student loan debts. But there's no rule requiring every
18-year-old to go straight to college after high school. Every year
thousands of high school graduates take a year before college to
work, travel, volunteer, or just do something different.
Ceremony Honors Dynamy
By Ashley Bishop
May 24. 2007 12:00AM
"The year-long program provides
college-age students who might be in a transitional stage between
high school and college with work experience through internships at
local businesses and organizations.
The 21 students from
around the country completed more than 900 hours of service in the
Worcester community and will move on to various colleges and
Advantage of a Gap Year
Taking Advantage of a Gap
Taking a year off before college can benefit some
Published May 20, 2007
ago, Sally Meyers graduated from Central High School in Springfield
with a loaded resume and her sights set on the University of Tulsa.
Meyers will go to Tulsa, but not until later this year. In the
meantime, the 19-year-old is spending 10 months working in
Wilmington, Delaware, during what's known as a gap year.
deferring college enrollment and working as an organizer for the
Salvation Army--a position she found through an AmeriCorps program
called Public Allies--Meyers says she is getting the kind of
experience she can't get in school.
Educational Road TripI've said it before and I'll say it
again: learning outside of the lecture hall box is good for you. It
opens you up and forces you to adjust your thinking about the world:
it's not all black and white, good and evil, right and wrong, fair.
And it's always eye-opening for a college-age whipper-snapper to
realize that their little slice of reality is absolutely not
Monday January 29th 2007,
Posted by Alexa Harrington
Gap Year: A Meaningful Detour
Year: A Meaningful Detour
By Dr. Paul
Friday, December 22, 2006
If I controlled the
world, I wouldn't let a kid go to college until he or she took a
year off. The catch phrase would be "We interrupt this
schooling to bring you a year of education!" School can be
and is great but "seat time" in a class may not be providing the
kinds of education that provide long-lasting relevance in the life
of a human being. To wit: Is there a high school class that teaches
self-esteem? Independent living and decision making? Initiative?
Values based upon real-life experience? Interaction with people of
all ages, beliefs, and languages? Basic survival and living skills?
Probably there are "no's" across the board.