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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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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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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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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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