The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College
September 2009, Jossey-Bass
* Readers can find out what college admissions deans think of the gap year, and how it is becoming an important part of the educational process at top tier universities.
*Economically, the gap year can make a lot of sense in a recession, and this useful guide gives information on free programs, financial aid, and tax savings.
*The book has a comprehensive guide to 200 of the world's best gap year programs.
*Students will find self-quizzes and helpful criteria to help them decide whether to take a gap year, and if so what kind of program. This guide helps them evaluate their interests and plan and fund their gap year; whether it means spending a year on a sailing vessel, coaching sports and teaching in an impoverished area, or following a passion in the arts or academics.
PART 1 Fundamentals of the Gap Year.
1 The Gap Year: It’s Not a Vacation.
2 College as the Ultimate Goal: What Do Deans of College Admissions Think of the Gap Year?
3 The Postgraduate Year: A Bridge Between High School and College.
4 Financing Your Gap Year.
5 The Year of National Service: A Free Gap Year Option.
6 The Gap Year Decision: Is It Right for You?
PART 2 Directory of Gap Year Programs.
Volunteer Programs:Multiple Countries.
Volunteer Programs: Africa.
Volunteer Programs: United States.
Cultural Immersion Programs.
Language Study Programs.
Art,Music, Theater, and Media Programs.
Sailing and Tall Ship Programs.
Conservation, Environment, and Marine Life Programs.
Outdoor andWilderness Programs.
Postgraduate Year Programs.
International Postgraduate Year Options.
Gap Year Resources.
About the Author.
Kristin M. White is the director of Darien Academic Advisors, as well as a member of both the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling.
Alex Safos, director, Global Learning Across Borders
"With a thorough directory of organizations, an explanation of the financial picture, comments from top college admissions directors, and an objective perspective, Kristin M. White has created the number one gap year resource."
Chris Stakich, co-founder and executive director, Thinking Beyond Borders
"A good choice for students with the means and broad perspective necessary to consider this experience." (Library Journal, February 2010)
"Whatever your motivation, if you are interested in pursuing a gap year experience, do your research. And I'd start by reading White's book." (CBS MoneyWatch.com, The College Solution)
"This guide's best feature is its clear and detailed organization by subject interest. If a marine life program is calling out to a teen, it is easy to find options and related subjects close by. Though the "gap year" is a relatively new concept in the United States, it is quite common in Europe and Australia. The directories of volunteer and for-credit gap year programs are pure gold. An index and resource list are included." (School Library Journal, "Choosing the Right College" January 27, 2010)
The new school year has only just begun and many high school seniors are under tremendous pressure to make plans for their future. For an increasing number of these students, the prospect of transitioning directly from high school to college after twelve straight years of school is uninspiring. Rather, these students seek an education beyond the walls of the classroom in which they can learn new skills and experiences, earn academic credit or a bit of money, or simply reinvigorate their life-long love of learning. The good news is that this potential “gap year” between high school and college has become even more attractive to college admissions deans and become even less expensive for parents. What stands between students and their dreams is the overwhelming decision of how they will spend that integral year.
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE GAP YEAR: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; October 2009; $16.95/Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-50119-1) by Kristin M. White is positioned to be the go-to guide for anyone considering a year to re-charge, follow a passion, become immersed in another culture, or simply mature before taking the next step in life. It includes everything a student, parent or guidance counselor would want to know about the gap year; including exactly what a gap year is, what it is not, and why it can have a positive impact.
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE GAP YEAR includes expert advice on:
- How the gap year is viewed by college admissions deans from acclaimed institutions like Harvard, Duke, and Bucknell.
- How to finance the gap year, including the best free programs, financial aid opportunities, and tax savings.
- How to earn much-needed income by doing something worthwhile and beneficial to others.
- How to make the decision using guided self-quizzes and helpful criteria if one should take a gap year, and if so, through which program.
In addition to valuable advice, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE GAP YEAR provides an extensive Directory of Gap Year Programs, organized by location and focus. Whether one wants to become a certified ski instructor in French Canada or volunteer with AmeriCorps for an educational stipend, the directory serves as a valuable compass for planning this transformational journey. Although the book is targeted towards high school graduates, its wisdom can be culled by anyone looking to take time to refresh their sense of purpose.
In light of the tough economy, financial hardships, and renewed emphasis on public service, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE YEAR is a timely and important resource for American students, parents, and counselors alike.