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Gap Year Opportunities

Gap Year Fair

The Gap Year Fair will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Borden Gym, located behind the admissions office on the campus of Phillips Academy. This event is sponsored by USA Gap Year Programs, which holds 30 such fairs across the country each year. There will be a featured speaker from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. A gap year is a year that high school graduates use to pursue other experiences before going off to college. The popularity of gap years is growing at an exponential rate in the United States and the demand for these events has increased dramatically.

The fairs will be open to the public, and you do not need to register to attend. Admission is free and the facility is wheelchair-accessible.

More information is available on the PSPA website.

A gap year--also known as an Interim Year--is a year taken after graduating from high school and before going on to college during which students choose alternatives to mainstream education. It is a time to recharge, rethink, and participate in opportunities that might include work, travel, internships and community service, or even academic programs in new settings. Some are semester long, while others are year-long options.

It is recommended that PA students work with their college counselors to apply to colleges and then defer their enrollment. Most colleges are open to deferment, especially when the student is able to present a well-planned and thought-out Gap Year program. Many past PA graduates have done an Gap Year. A study shows that almost without exception they not only have benefited, but have been very enthusiastic about this opportunity and gone on to their college experiences greatly energized and focused. Most years there are 15-20 students from the graduating class who participate in an Gap Year before going onto the colleges of their choice.

Resources

1. Thinking Beyond Borders: Choosing the Right Gap Year
2. Browse the listing of programs and opportunities
3. Gap Year Fairs Program Profiles
4. Dynamy: USA Gap Year Fairs
5. Teen Life: Gap Year Programs
6. Thinking Beyond Borders: Paying for a Gap Year
7. Harvard College: Should I take time off?