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  • Adrienne Frumberg

Growing Interest in Gap Year Options

Over the past few years, I’ve seen an increased interest in students considering taking a gap year before starting college. This decision can be a great way to gain and try out new experiences, travel, learn about different cultures, take on an internship and improve skills for independence.

Gap years have been popular in certain countries for decades, but they are now becoming more common in the United States. According to the Gap Year Association, the number of students taking gap years has increased by nearly 20%. This website has resources to search for gap year options based on program length, level of supervision, time of year, and accreditation. Many colleges have even developed gap year programs that allow students to defer their enrollment for a year while remaining connected to the college. During a gap year, students can engage in various activities, such as volunteering, interning, or working. This can be a great way to gain new skills and experiences that can be valuable in college and beyond. Students can also work on being more independent before going to college and learning to live successfully on their own before college, which will positively impact the likelihood of college success


In addition, taking a gap year can help students clarify their goals and interests before committing to a specific academic path. This can lead to more focused and meaningful college experiences. If you’re interested in taking a gap year, it’s essential to plan and research your options and talk to a gap year counselor within Lighthouse Guidance.

Taking a gap year can be a great way to grow and learn before starting college. With planning and a sense of adventure, it can be a life-changing experience that sets you on a path toward success.

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