10 Things to Look for in a Gap Year…

March 29, 2017

Students find challenges and adventure aboard the ocean research vessel SSV Robert C. Seamans.

From hiking in the Andes to volunteering at a local hospital, a gap year is a personal journey of exploration. Such a journey can take many routes.  So how do you plot your path?

The following are some of the key elements that students typically consider when planning their gap year.

Read through the list, and consider which items are important to YOU.

Doing so may help you define your priorities as you decide on your gap year experience.

  1. Adventure! You’ve worked hard for four years of high school, so you’re probably looking to get away and have an adventure.
  2. Experience. Take your learning out of the classroom and into the real world. Experiential education gives you real world perspective that will increase your understanding of the subjects you’ll tackle in college.
  3. Personal Growth. Increase your confidence and maturity by experiencing different cultures, exploring unfamiliar places, and taking on new challenges. Maybe this is your time to grab a backpack and hit the road. You’ll gain more perspective about the world before going to college.
  4. College Credit. Most gap year experiences don’t come with college credit. Some do. A more structured academic gap program can look great on your resume, and give you a head start in college.
  5. Challenge. If you’re ready to challenge yourself in new ways, the right gap program may be just the ticket.
  6. Fun. After four years of high school. Rules. Midterms. Finals. SATs. Enough said.
  7. Friends. Gap years can be a great opportunity to forge lasting friendships with those who share your passions and interests.
  8. Mentors & Career Connections. Many career coaches say cultivating mentors is critical to success in life. A gap year can you allow you to connect with people who will help guide you through your academic and professional career.
  9. Change the World.  Many students look at gap year programs as a way to help make a difference in the world. This could mean volunteering in local communities, or participating in research aimed at tackling global environmental issues.
  10. Memories. Whatever qualities you’re looking for, your gap year should be something you remember for the rest of your life.

Whichever route you take, we hope your gap year is both fun and rewarding!

Fill out the form above to view our Planning Ahead Guide and learn more about a gap year experience with SEA.

Contact: Douglas Karlson, Director of Communications | 508-444-1918 | dkarlson@sea.edu | www.sea.edu

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