Other Gap Year considerations

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  • Talk to people who have done it. Ask about what they liked and disliked, and how their gap year experiences led to where they are now.


  • Think about what skills you want to build (do you want to improve fluency in a foreign language? become a certified teacher? learn web design?)


  • Geography: Where do you want to live? Where can you afford to live?




  • Long-term goals: if you know what you want to do after your gap year(s) research programs that will best position you in terms of network and skill-building for that next step.


  • Keep a journal or a blog: documenting your experiences will help you make connections between what you’re learning to whatever is next for you. It will also help you talk about your gap year(s) in a meaningful way on future job or grad school applications.