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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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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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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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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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