College Consulting and the Denver Gap Year Fair

The Denver Gap Year Fair is coming on February 6th, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Denver Academy.  Click here for a PDF flyer announcing the Gap Year Fair. Why would a college counselor in Denver be interested in gap year (besides the fact that I’d love to take a gap year myself!)? More and […]

Gap Year Advice–A Presentation

Last week I was invited by Denver Academy to give a presentation on GAP year programs.  Denver Academy serves students who have a variety of learning differences.  My aim with the presentation was to make two points: 1.  A Gap year is a productive time for young people.  It is “stopping out” of school, not […]

To Gap Year or Not?

Parents may not like it, but some students just are not ready for college immediately after high school.  You may want to travel the world, volunteer for your favorite non-profit or save up some extra cash so you have one less thing to stress out about.  Whatever the reason, many students are deciding to take […]

Post Graduate Year for Young Men–An Extra Year to Prepare

I recently spoke with Jennifer Gaworski, Associate Director of Admission at Bridgton Academy about the benefits of taking an extra year before college.  This practice is not altogether uncommon in the northeastern part of the US, where many students make a decision to take an extra year of secondary school to continue to develop themselves […]

GAP Year Abroad–A Great Way to Prepare for College and Learn About the World

I recently attended a GAP year fair to learn more about the growing number of excellent programs for students who want to take a year out between high school and college to pursue something different. Some students engage in community service, some travel the world, and some opt for another sort of educational experience. At […]

The Benefits (and Risks) of a GAP Year In Tough Economic Times

The New York Times carried an article yesterday, entitled Delaying College for a Year Could Have Benefits, which lays out a few creative reasons for putting off college for a year. The financial arguments boil down to this: 1.  President Obama’s proposed changes to federal student aid may put a few hundred dollars more per […]

Directory of Summer Opportunities and Gap Year Programs

A client asked me the other day where she could find a directory of summer opportunities for high school students. I told her the best resource is maintained by Phillips Andover in Massachusetts. You can find the directory of summer programs here. It includes some excellent “gap year” or “interim year” programs, as well. Mark […]