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    A gap year is a period of time used for formal, practical learning, lasting anywhere from 2 weeks to a year. This time is taken after high school graduation, before starting college or a career. Students who decide to take a gap year want some developmental experiences before starting their next step.

    A gap year is not the same as just taking time off or "taking a break". It is done in association with a program and has a purpose, an end date, and set goals.

    A well-planned gap year can help students:

    • Clarify their career interests and goals
    • Prepare for college
    • Develop organizational and life skills
    • Gain a sense of maturity and self-confidence
    • Meet new people and network
    • Experience other cultures and gain global awareness
    • Improve their job prospects
    • Is a gap year right for me? 

    • What do colleges and universities think about students taking a gap year?

    • I want to take a gap year before starting college. Should I still submit my college application?

    • How can taking a gap year help with starting a career?

    • How will I pay for my gap year?

    • Where can I find more information and search for gap year programs?