TeenLife.com Presents the Advantages of Teenagers Taking a Gap Year

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A gap year is a structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, learn from different cultures and experiment with possible careers.

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“Taking a gap year gives students the opportunity to think outside the pencil box through exciting nontraditional learning experiences,” says Marie Schwartz, President and Founder of TeenLife Media, LLC.

A gap year is a structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, learn from different cultures and experiment with possible careers. A gap year usually takes place between high school graduation and college. It can last from two months to two years. It typically includes volunteer work, cultural and language immersion, and often, recreational travel.

TeenLife.com, an online resource for parents, students and educators presents the countless benefits of students taking a gap year, especially when not ready to immediately head to college after high school.

Studies have shown that students who engage in a structured gap year are 90 percent likely to return to college within one year, far more likely to graduate on time and with a better GPA and engage in more campus activities.* This is an opportunity for a student to recapture the love of learning, determine interests and make decisions on the right path to higher education.

“Taking a gap year gives students the opportunity to think outside the pencil box through exciting nontraditional learning experiences,” says Marie Schwartz, President and Founder of TeenLife Media, LLC.

As for college, gap year programs provide an excellent way to help a teen define what he or she wants to achieve in life, including what to major in at college. Many colleges are now offering to defer a student's acceptance if they prefer to go on a gap year first and many gap year programs offer college credit.

To create a full-filling gap year, parents and students should plan together to create the goals and "take away" from the experience. Parents and teenagers can search the TeenLife.com site to find hundreds of gap year programs that are best suited to students' interests.

*Source: Karl Haigler & Rae Nelson, The Gap Year Advantage, independent study of 280 gap year students.

About TeenLife Media, LLC: TeenLife Media offers comprehensive information resources that educators and parents cannot do without in this increasingly competitive world. We help families and schools to connect middle and high school students with all sorts of meaningful opportunities, such as summer programs, community service, after school and weekend activities, and gap year programs. We also list extensive resources on how to find a job or internship and gain admission to college. TeenLife.com is the “go to” online destination for students, parents and educators nationwide who are seeking programs, products and services geared to college-bound teens, aged 13-19. For more information on TeenLife Media, please e-mail Camille Heidebrecht, Camille@teenlife.com, call (617) 277-5120, or visit http://www.teenlife.com.

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