Exploration - Gap Year

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    A gap year is a period of time used for practical learning. This time is taken after high school graduation, before starting college or a career. Students who decide to take a gap year are wanting some developmental experiences before starting college/career. A gap year is not the same as just taking time off, it is done with purpose, has an end date, and has set goals.

    A well-planned gap year can help students:

    • Clarify their career interests and goals
    • Prepare for college
    • Develop organizational and life skills
    • Gain a sense of maturity and self-confidence
    • Meet new people and network
    • Experience other cultures and gain global awareness
    • Improve their job prospects

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if a gap year is right for me?

  • Does a gap year have to last an entire year?

  • What do colleges and universities think about students taking a gap year?

  • I want to take a gap year before starting college. Should I still submit my college application?

  • How can taking a gap year help with starting a career?

  • How will I pay for my gap year?

  • Where can I find more information and search for gap year programs?


  • College, Career, & Life Readiness

    817 Bill Beck Blvd

    Kissimmee, FL 34744

    Phone: 407-870-4600 x65268


    Anthony Cook

    Coordinator of College & Career Services