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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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Coffee with Kim: Learn about Gap Years, COVID-19 & J2Guides

Hi, my name is Kim Stodghill, and I am the founder of Stodghill College Consulting. Life handed us all enough lemons this past year to make giant pitchers of lemonade from now until the end of COVID. It’s taken a toll on our kids who are leaving high school either so burned out by the …

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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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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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Should You Take a Gap Year or Go to College in Fall 2020?

Penned by J2Guides co-founder Jason Sarouhan, this timely and eloquent piece was published by Boston-based TeenLife, “The Leading Directory for Teen Academic and Enrichment Opportunities”: College-bound students around the country are out of time and lack critical information to make a decision about their path forward this fall. Final admissions deadlines for most colleges loom …

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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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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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