Why Your High School Senior Should Take a Gap Year


“At first I wanted a year off because I thought it was going to fun… but now I realize that it will give me time to figure out what I want to do. I didn’t want to go to college and not know what I want to study, or get a degree just to have one. With what college costs these days, I wanted to get a degree in something that would be useful to me.”

From the Parenting section of Time magazine, Liz Pardue Shultz dives a bit deeper into the idea of a taking a year off between high school and college.

Examples of a gap year? Read more here.

Writing a Resume From Scratch

14089974005_67509700a1_b“Pretend you are your mom. Assuming your mom is one of those braggy-competitive types, that is. If she’s not, then pretend your mom is braggy and competitive and then pretend that’s who you are. What would your mom say about you if she knew what you did at work. List every brag. Every award, every time you beat out your competitors, every time you received a pat on the back, every promotion, every raise, et cetera. This is a time to let go of all humility and write everything down.”

For parents and students alike, Suzanne Lucas explores this topic in the following article from Inc.

Parents: We need to get a grip on our own college application anxiety

“…it’s hard to think about all the other intangibles, those pieces of your child’s intellect – of your child’s heart – that are random, unquantifiable, ungraph-able. The pieces that emerge in fits and starts, the quick passions so quickly abandoned, the restless curiosity chased by bland inertia. All the spiky, tangled bits that can’t be groomed, that simply can’t be curated, to please an admissions officer down the road.”


Read more of Laura Fitzgerald Cooper’s article on Washington Post’s On Parenting.