Gap Year Experiences

There are many stories about Gap Year experiences.  This New York Times blog captures some ….at least enough to wish there were more.

We are finding that a growing number of our clients are asking about taking a “gap year.”  If this is something you have considered, taking into account the experiences of those who have taken the year off could help you answer some of your questions or concerns.

Our view is that most students will benefit from a break after high school.  In fact, we see that a year invested in personal development can be exactly “what the Doctor ordered” for a significant majority.

There are huge differences between high school experiences and what a student will discover at college.  The “gap” in “Gap Year” provides an adequate transition opportunity; the chance to take a break from the “old” and establish the “new.”  We have heard that those students investing in themselves for a year prior to continuing there studies approach college with a fresh perspective and solid commitment.

While a “gap year” is not for everyone, we urge all families to give it consideration.

During this difficult time, we are here for you, as we always have been, to help consider safe, educational and therapeutic opportunities for your adolescent/young adult.