Jane Sarouhan

FAFSA Delays, College Admissions & Gap Years on the Rise

Applying to college in a typical year is already stressful. But in 2024, with FAFSA’s application changes and technical errors resulting in unprecedented delays in families finding out what federal financial aid they may receive (and as a result, potentially state and school-based aid as well), this college cycle has been unrelenting. Additionally, with colleges […]

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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 is increasingly

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From Dance to Drawing: Exploring the Arts on a Gap Year

We believe that #everyoneisanartist. Have you ever taken your creative ideas and found a way to express them in a classroom, studio, journal or kitchen? Then you are an artist! Photography. Film. Fashion. Music. Dance. Drawing. Painting. Ceramics. Sculpture. Theater. Art History. Writing. Jewelry Making. Woodworking. What’s your medium, and why not devote some of your

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6 Students Share their Stories of Gapping During COVID-19

“How can you take a gap year during COVID-19?!” It’s the question we’ve been asked the most this year and it’s natural, of course, to wonder what kinds of experiences are available when our worlds have come to a standstill due to a global pandemic. It’s not a surprise to us that taking a gap

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Taking An Intentional Gap Year During COVID-19

While this podcast episode featuring J2Guides is called “Finding Meaningful Connection and Growth During An Intentional Gap Year” … our story really begins with “Finding Meaningful Connection and Growth on LinkedIn.” Betsy Delaney-Jewell, the vision and voice behind the High School Hamster Wheel Podcast, first tracked me down on LinkedIn. Our shared passion for supporting

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Your Ship, Your Crew & You: Road Tripping with Jane & Jason

Are you, like us, obsessed with #vanlife? It’s been a dream of ours for a decade, and with the pandemic turning everything upside-down, in a not-so-strange way it made perfect sense to do it now. So, this summer we bought a 2003 Mercedes Sprinter with 253,000 miles (which our daughter named Luna), rented our home,

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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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