THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN CONSIDERING A GAP YEAR
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Gap years can offer a wide range of learning and growth opportunities. Consider what you hope to gain and what it will take to accomplish that.
A “gap year” can last one or two semesters, and the time can be divided among many activities. Consider the total amount of time you have and whether you’d like one single experience or multiple shorter experiences.
DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL?
There are great opportunities abroad and in the US, and you can experience new cultures in both. Consider where you’d like to be.
GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL?
While being independent offers great freedom, group programs offer a social network that can be a great support. Consider whether you will need close friends for support and fun.
Consider the range you can contribute to the cost of your gap year, including whether you are able and willing to raise funds.
Consider who you go to for perspective as you make decisions, reflect and process your learning, and who gives you help in an emergency.