NEWSLETTER – Edition 7

GAP YEARS GAIN IN POPULARITY

One of the outcomes of the present pandemic is that more and more high school seniors are considering taking a gap year before college. Traditionally, there are many reasons to take a gap year. The current trend is based mostly on comparing the cost of college with the shift to experiencing college in a virtual format. As much I want to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences, sometimes this journey involves finding an appropriate gap year experience first. And the good news is: there is a plethora of amazing gap year options! Once again, my job as a consultant is to provide you with information and advice. You can research and find your own information, but my weekly newsletter is designed highlight the news you need to know. I read the books, research the articles, pursue the opportunities, explore the options – all so that you don’t have to do so on your own. In today’s weekly update, you’ll find the latest news about gap years, a gap year article you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students explore gap years as well as find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me! 


COLLEGE NEWS (ABOUT GAP YEARS)

The Gap Year Association is a nonprofit organization working to coordinate the growing Gap Year Movement. In February, this association is celebrating Gap Year Exploration Month. General information can be found HERE. Now is the perfect time to explore the options. Many students use a gap year to gain perspective, develop purpose, and grow in maturation. Formal or informal. Independent or in a group. At home or traveling abroad. No two gap years are alike. If you need help exploring gap year options, please feel free to contact me


A GREAT ARTICLE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

“Taking a Gap Year Before College” is a informative blog post by Accredited Schools Online. Find the article HERE.  Pros and cons. Applying to college before or after your gap year. Sample programs. And a variety of resources. This article is a great overview of the gap year aspects that you should be considering. 


SCOUT-ING REPORT

GAP YEAR EXPLORATION: Want to know how to create a meaningful gap year experience? This is another area where you can spend countless hours looking for options and come away feeling overwhelmed. Instead, let me help you define your priorities and explore the options to create a life-changing event for your student. Use the button below to connect with me and we’ll get to work! 

CLASSEN SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES: I’ve been invited by STUCO at Classen SAS to be a panelist this Wednesday as they discuss all things college with students and their parents. I’ll share my thoughts on researching colleges, campus visits, essays, grades, scores, activities, recommendations, application options, financial aid, timelines and so much more! It should be fun!

If you are interested in having me speak or conduct a workshop at your school, please use the button below to connect with me. 

ROAD MAP SESSIONS: Do you have an eighth or ninth grader? Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help your student build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that your student is positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund his/her ideal college experience. If you want to learn more about the Road Map Session, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Want to know about more scholarships? Don’t spend countless hours looking for scholarships and come away feeling overwhelmed. Instead, allow me to help you identify and apply for scholarships geared specifically for your student’s experience, interests, and strengths. The button below is specifically for scholarships. Let’s connect and get to work! 

BOOK(S) OF THE WEEK: E. Ce Miller took a gap year after college. Her blog post doesn’t tell much of her gap experience, but she does give us eleven fascinating books to consider. From Tales from Nowhere: Unexpected Stories from Unexpected Places to Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel – I can’t wait to read all of them. Amazing Gap Year Adventures: Inspirational True Tales to Guide You on a Journey of a Lifetime by Tammy Cohen is where I’m starting. See the entire list HERE. Read and let me know what you like!

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