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.