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It’s Never too Late: My Life-Changing Gap Year at 25 #noregrets

The day I turned 25 was the day I decided I wanted to change. I had been feeling a subtle, but ever-present sense of stagnation for the past few years. I often use the phrase “comfortable rut” to describe how I felt about my life at that time. I wasn’t unhappy every day, but I …

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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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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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