Jane Sarouhan

University of California TV: Making the Most of a Gap Year

We were thrilled to be featured in this University of California television episode hosted by Dr. Steven Mercer, longtime adjunct faculty member at the University of California San Diego Extension, as well as an independent educational consultant. In addition to Dr. Mercer and myself – Jane Sarouhan of J2Guides – this “tour de force” panel …

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SOS4Students + J2Guides Tackle Pandemic Gap Year Planning

For us, collegial collaborations are as satisfying as our one-on-one student advising. All across the country – and the world – there are educators like us who are passionately devoted to supporting students along their personal, educational and professional journeys. Beth Samuelson, founder of SOS4Students, is one such human. Bay Area based educational consultant and …

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Tips and Resources for a Local or Virtual Gap Year

You do not need to leave the country – or your home – to have a meaningful gap year. Long before Coronavirus, we have been defining the gap year as a period of time when an individual takes a deliberate pause from school or work to pursue interests, skills and personal growth. Note that this …

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How to Write a College Deferral Letter, Using an Oreo Cookie

If you have been accepted into college and have also decided to take a gap year (congratulations!), among your first steps is to ask your college if you can postpone your attendance for a year: you will request a deferral, or to defer your admission. Requesting a deferral to take a gap year during COVID-19 …

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Interview: Road2College & High School Hamster Wheel

What a thrill for us to be interviewed by powerhouse team Debbie Schwartz of Road2College and Betsy Jewell of High School Hamster Wheel. The four of us all want nothing more than to help families sort their ways through this uncertain time. Debbie and Betsy had a long list of questions for J2Guides, from planning a …

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7 Tips for Planning a Gap Year During COVID-19

Every day we ask ourselves how we can be of best use to the experiential and international community, and to you – the families whose ideas of either gap year or college have been turned upside down. Our approach has been, from the start, a forward-facing one that focuses on transparency, productivity, community and communication as …

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J2 Guides’ Interview with Northampton Podcast

We feel so fortunate to be based in a quintessential, picturesque, 4-season New England town. Known as home to 5 major colleges (Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire, Amherst and UMass) the Northampton area is also proud host to many locally-owned and run coffee shops and cafes, boutique stores and art galleries, music and performing arts venues, …

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USA Gap Year Fairs & Infrequently Asked Questions!

We are thrilled and honored to be back as keynote speakers for the USA Gap Year Fairs for our 10th year in a row. For 2 months we join gap year programs and counselors to travel the country – nearly 40 events in 40 cities – to educate families about the gap year. It’s an exhausting and exhilarating …

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