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.

If a student is interested in both college and a gap year, it is recommended that 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 Woodstock 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.

 

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?

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