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How do you take a GAP year?

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Michael’s Answer

You just take a year off between high school and college.

I'd recommend having a plan for how you're going to spend your time, such as working to save money for college, learning/exploring different colleges/majors, accomplishing personal life goals, and/or relaxing.

Also, inform your guidance counselors of your plan and get their help. You may not be on their radar when you graduate, so its good for the to know you intend to take a gap year so that they can help you apply in the subsequent year.

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Sascha’s Answer

Hi Haddy,

nice to e-meet you. My name is Sascha and I had several gab years. One time between school and university, but also after university. I personally went abroad to study Spanish in Colombia and I went to Australia to work and travel.

First of all, I totally support your idea. A gab year gives you the chance to explore, find yourself, get to know new people, learn different perspectives and so on - It is a life changer!

1) Time to brainstorm a bit. What is it you would like to do during your gab year?

  • You could do work and travel in countries like Australia or New Zealand
  • You could go abroad and learn a new language
  • You could be social and help (animal care, kids in developing countries, retirement homes, projects)

2) Depending on what you would like to do it is time to plan!

So exciting! You made a decision and now you can work towards your goal. Just ask yourself, if you want to do it alone or if you need help or want somebody with you. Inform yourself about what is required. Talk also to people who have done it already or professional agencies, mentors in your school, parents and so on.

3) Time for action!

I wish you all the best!

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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Haddy,

Taking a gap year involves taking a deliberate break from your academic studies after high school graduation or during college, usually for a period of 12 months or more. This time off can be used for various purposes such as traveling, volunteering, working, or pursuing personal interests.

To take a gap year, consider your reasons for taking one and plan accordingly. Here are some steps to help you get started:

Discuss your plans with your high school counselor or college academic advisor: They can provide valuable advice and guidance on how to structure your gap year to align with your academic and career goals.

Research programs and opportunities: Many organizations offer structured gap year programs in education, healthcare, conservation, and community development. You can also create your itinerary by researching volunteer opportunities, internships, or work positions.

Make financial arrangements: Consider how you will fund your gap year expenses. You may be able to save money beforehand, apply for grants or scholarships, or use student loans if necessary.

Plan logistics: Determine where you will live during your gap year, how you will stay safe and healthy, and how you will maintain connections with friends and family back home.

Reflect on the experience: Use the time during your gap year to learn new skills, gain new perspectives, and broaden your horizons. Reflect on these experiences as you return to academics or begin a career to help inform future decisions.

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James’s Answer

You just don't go to college. That is the definition of gap year. This does imply that you have a desire to go to school once the year is up. If the question was really "how do you make the most of your gap year?" That is different. I took a gap year and was able to work full time and get amazing experience. I worked in Loss Prevention and Risk and Fraud. This gave me a great entry into a career in law enforcement. It ultimately led me to join the Marine Corps. Taking a gap year really let me take a deep breath. I highly recommend it to people who aren't 100% sold on their options for school.
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