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Student stories from the road and gap year advice

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Is a Gap Year a Good Idea?
Written by Mollie Welch

The decision to take a gap year, semester, or summer before or during college can be a big one, so it’s important to figure out if…

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How to Take a Gap Year After High School
Written by Mollie Welch

Taking a gap year after high school can help you maximize your college experience. The second half of high school tends to be laser-focused on…

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Gap Year Alumni Interview: Rebekah Lamb
Written by EF Gap Year

We sat down with Rebekah Lamb, EF Gap Semester Fall '18, to hear all about her gap year experience. On her EF Gap Semester, Rebekah…

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Gap Year Benefits
Written by Cindy Niu

These are the 3 biggest gap year benefits for recent grads and college students. It’s pretty wild that while the gap year has been around…

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Should I take a gap in the fall of 2020?
Written by Rebecca Barr

Last week I hosted a webinar for students and parents who are rethinking their fall 2020 plans in light of the current situation. I have…

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Rising seniors: 5 must-dos to plan for your gap
Written by Rebecca Barr

Use the summer before your senior year to get a jump-start on your gap year plans! From college applications to sports, and from AP exams…

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Why taking EF’s Gap Semester abroad was the best decision I ever made
Written by Sophie Tangel

After my first year of college, I couldn’t imagine going through the same experience for the next 3 years ​in a row​. I was already…

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It’s college decision time. Here are 5 good reasons to take a gap year instead.
Written by EF Gap Year

Now is when you’re hearing back from colleges and thinking about your next big step toward the future. You’re lucky if you’ve already gotten into…

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I grew up believing there was a linear path.
Written by Hannah S.

I grew up believing there was a linear path that I needed to follow if I wanted to live a successful life. Thanks to my…

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