What is a GAP Year?
According to the all-knowing Wikipedia:
“In the professional or career world, a gap year is a year before going to college or university and after finishing high school, or taking a year off before going into graduate school after completing a bachelor as an undergraduate. It is also known as a sabbatical year. During this time, students may engage in advanced academic courses, extra-academic courses and non-academic courses, such as yearlong pre-college math courses, language studies, learning a trade, art studies, volunteer work, travel, internships, sports and more.”
I chuckle just thinking about this, as nothing would have irritated my parents more than for me to do such a thing, but what an amazing idea!
It is also becoming common for people at any stage in life to take a gap year. Here is an interesting WSJ article on the subject.
And here are a few resources I think are useful to research Gap Year programs:
I have traveled for a few months at a time, but never for an entire year. It is definitely on the bucket list!