Many people have heard of a gap year, but they may not know exactly what one is. A gap year is something a student decides to do either directly after high school or sometime during college. Sometimes students are tired of school and exams and feel they need a break. Other times students may be young for their grade and feel like they aren't quite ready for college. Whatever the reason, there are many gap year programs that provide incredible opportunities for learning outside of the classroom
It is becoming much more common for students in the U.S. to consider an academic break. A gap year can involve traveling, working, interning, or volunteering. It can be for a month, a semester, or a year. Students usually determine the amount of time they would like to take off. It is a time for students to explore an interest that can broaden their education.
Some parents are afraid that if students takes a gap year, they may never enroll in college or decide not to go back if they have already enrolled. Interestingly enough, this is usually not the case. In fact, many college admissions officers are very supportive of gap years because they find that students have developed a real sense of direction when they return. Some colleges even feel that the dropout rate at their schools might improve if students had more focus when they begin or return to college classes.
Susie Watts, a private college counselor at College Direction, encourages high school and college students to attend the Denver Gap Year Fair. Families will have an opportunity to explore many gap year programs. It will be held at Denver Academy on Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00 to 8:30. Come find out what exciting experiences are available.