Any experience in gap years?

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Any experience in gap years?
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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 2:07pm

DD 15 is looking at all her post high-school options. DD will be applying to universities in the fall but one thing that we've also discussed is the possibility of a gap year. Personally, I think gap years can be beneficial. In DD's particular case, she'll be a young 17 when graduating high school and will have about 3 semesters worth of college units completed. Taking the year won't "put her behind" but could give her a needed "slow down" as she explores a kindled interest in history, political science and law (enough interest that she's considering pulling away from theatre as a career option.... and as many of you know, almost everything DD hasdone to date has been in pursuit of a theatre related goal.... so this is big for her.) I know she'd be interested in some non-theatre internships but not a ton of quality options at the high school level.

My question isn't in the value of the gap year but in the planning of it. How have your children or friend's children planned and managed their gap years? We're witnessing 2 right know... one very successful and has deferred enrollment to a university of choice, the other I think is just being called a gap year because they don't want to say they have no idea what they are doing lol. All the other kids committed to either community or 4-year right off the bat.

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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 2:06pm
It seems like when I edit, the comment gets moved to the bottom of the list. Yesterday I noticed a typo (my dd first sat in college classes at 15, not 19) and tried to edit...the edit did not "take", but my comment got shifted. So...if it looks like my comment is moving to the bottom of the list, it's just me trying to fix an error. Deborah
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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 3:56pm
No worries. I'm not being allowed to edit at all. When I "quick reply" it's supposed to be directly under the post I'm replying too and instead, it's all going to the bottom. What a mess!
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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 4:51pm
Yup, quick reply and edit are making a mess of things, and the order of posts makes no sense. I'm having a little more luck using a different browser (Chrome was not happy) but things are still really messy.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
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