What if instead of shipping students right to college we allowed them a period of self-discovery before they fork over thousands of dollars and countless hours to earn a degree they may never use? Think back to when you were 18-years-old and your parents asked you the dreaded question: “What do you want to do with your life?”
Chances are, you had no idea. But suddenly, before you’d ever had to do your own laundry, you were expected to choose your career path and hammer out the details that would dictate your future. That type of pressure and expectation is more than a little daunting.
Finally, families and academia are starting to take notice. Gap years between high school and college are gaining momentum, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of fear and anxiety about sending your child into the great unknown. While it’s normal for parents to worry about whether their child will make the most of their experience, Andrea explains how a year of discovery can foster honest, open communication and a transformational experience that’s not only fun, but highly needed in the world today.
In “Gap to Great: A Parent’s Guide To The Gap Year,” Andrea breaks down the top concerns surrounding gap years, including safety, cost, college deferment and the scariest question of them all: what if my kid never goes back to school?
Through first person stories, interviews with leading experts and spotlights on gappers, this is the book parents of teenagers can’t afford not to read.
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