Gap time is a moment in your life where you have the ability to explore your why without the confines of work, school and expectations of others. It’s a time to follow your curiosities and to play beyond the boundaries of your comforts in order to understand more deeply what your values are and therefore who you really are.
As young people begin their journey to adulthood many finish high school feeling uninspired and unmotivated by academic studies. Many don’t know exactly what interests them, what their chosen major should be or what their career might look like.
Taking intentional gap time gives students a moment to breathe, unwind and get off the hamster wheel of achieving, in order to reflect on what is important to them.
When their lives are no longer dictated by the structure and demands of academia, students are challenged in new and practical ways. They have an opportunity to awaken their senses, to build resilience, aptitude and self-awareness, to feel greater empathy and humility. They develop skills that will help them not only navigate their way through college more successfully, but move through the ups, downs and uncertainties of life with confidence and grace.
What is a Gap Year ?
A gap year experience is a structured period of time when a student takes an intentional break from formal education. It can last anywhere from a month to two years and typically takes place between high school and college, during college, or between undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The Gap Year Association has conducted studies that show the benefits of taking intentional gap time, including an 98% increase in maturity and 97% in self-confidence. Gap year students also report higher GPAs and graduate more quickly.