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Gap Year Programs

If you're intrigued by the idea of spending the year after high school experiencing something other than the books -- volunteering abroad, traveling Europe, or pursuing an alternative endeavor, a gap year is for you. Here, some ideas about making the most of your time before college.

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Learning to Bridge the Gap

While some people, especially those who have a clear picture of where they want to go in life, may be able to jump right from high school to college, and then into the career of their dreams, for others they need some time off to do some searching. The "gap year," as it's called, can help people define the rest of their lives.

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Bridging the Gap (Year)

By taking a gap year before college to explore interests outside of the classroom, you can actually increase your chances of discovering what it is that you really want to do in life and then pursue your college education accordingly.

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A Helping Hand Leads to the Future

Marty Guise, now the president of the non-profit Lay Renewal Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri, was once a good student seized with doubts about the prospect of higher education. His solution? A gap year.

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A New Adventure at Semester Schools

Semester schools come in many shapes and sizes, and each one is unique in its offerings of adventure and academics! Explore a few of them here...

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10 Things To Do During a Gap Year

While the possibilities of what to do during a gap year are endless -- you can literally travel to the ends of the earth! -- experts agree there is one thing you should not do (play with the Wii all day, perhaps?). Here are 10 good gap year ideas...

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A Helping Hand Leads to the Future

Marty Guise, now the president of the non-profit Lay Renewal Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri, was once a good student seized with doubts about the prospect of higher education. His solution? A gap year.

read more