More and more high school graduates are choosing to take a year off after high school and before college. Even college students sometimes choose to take a leave of absence. So the question I get from many families is how to make the most of this time.
I’m so glad they ask! Many parents are worried that the year will be wasted time. But, if used wisely, this extra year can be transformational! So, I have put together a guide for making the most of this time.
First, let’s talk about the benefits of taking a year off. If you’ve already decided, scroll down for tips to make the most of the year.
The Benefits of a Gap Year
As you can see, a gap year doesn't have to be wasted time. It has the potential to be an extra year giving young people the skills and tools to live a healthy happy life. Now, let's take a look at some tips to incorporate these experiences into your graduates year.
Tips to Make the Most of a Gap Year
A lot of young people choose from a variety of quality travel programs for their gap year because of all the wonderful benefits of experiencing another culture. However, if travel is not an option there are still some great ways to make the year transformational. If you include the learning experiences listed below, you are sure to have an amazing year!
If you include the items listed above the year will be full of valuable life lessons that most people don’t learn from school. Whatever way you or your graduate chooses to spend the year, set intentions at the beginning. Consider what they want to accomplish during this time. Make sure to celebrate all the wins along the way, big or small. And finally, have fun!
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Emma B Perez