ForumCategory: ApplicationsGap Year in light of COVID
Lil asked 3 months ago

I’m taking a gap year and I’m not sure what to do, as COVID is still a very big problem in the US. Do you have any ideas of what I can do, or any insight into what colleges are looking for, with these limitations in mind? Also, how should I discuss my gap year in my application (supplements, resume, essay, etc.)?
Thanks!

2 Answers
Susanna de Chenonceau Staff answered 3 months ago

Hi Lil!聽 It’s great to hear from you. Typically kids apply to college with their class and then defer their admission and take their gap year, so you will want to be clear to the colleges that you graduated and took a gap year and are applying during your gap year. That aside, here are some excellent ideas that I have been collecting for gap years. Many of them have great options for this year during Covid.聽 馃檪

Tufts offers a Civic Action Gap Semester that looks really great: Civic Action Gap Semester

This is my running resource list of gap year programs:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Academy at Watkinson
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Adventures Cross-Country
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Africa & Asia Venture, Ltd.
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Amigos de las Americas
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 API
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Art History Abroad
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Carpe Diem International Education
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Center for Interim Programs
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange)
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 City Year Inc.
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cross Cultural Solutions
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dynamy Internship Year
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ecole International d鈥橢tude de la Terre
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 EF International Language Centers
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 EnRoute Counsulting
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 First Abroad
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Foundation for Sustainable Developmenthttp://
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Gap Year South Africa
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Global Citizen Year
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 International Studies Abroad ISA & ISA High School
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 LEAPNOW: Transforming Education
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Maximo Nivel
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Next Step China LLC
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Outward Bound
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Real Gap
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rustic Pathways
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sansori
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sea | mester
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Summit Adventure
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Take Australia
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Experiment in International Living
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Leap
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Thinking Beyond Borders
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 VisitOz
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Where There Be Dragons
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Youth For Understanding (YFU)

Hope this helps, dear!聽 Post any other questions you have. 馃檪

Yay, college!
Susanna

Susanna de Chenonceau Staff answered 3 months ago

PS, I also just realized that you could also take some classes this year if you want. BUT, be careful NOT to take college credit classes or you will have to apply as a transfer student and it is WAY more difficult to be accepted as a Transfer than it is as a regular freshman with no college classes.

Here are some online class options, but talk with your school counselor before you do anything like this.聽 馃檪
Stanford Online High School
immerse.education — Oxford and Cambridge tutors work with you one-on-one
Florida Virtual School
Harvard’s free programming classes: https://online-learning.harvard.edu/subject/programming
DigiPen
idTech
Codeacademy
Coursera
EdX
Udemy
Udacity
Khan Academy
Class Central
EDX
coding.com
Harvard’s MORPH (Mathematics Online Reading Program for High schoolers) program: Recommended Online Math, CS, and Statistics Resources!
http://www.cambridge-research.org
Hope this helps!
Susanna