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Julia’s TEDx Talk

I have spent my entire professional career telling young people not to go to college. Ok, let me clarify. I have spent my entire professional career telling young people not to go to college right away. Why? Because we are facing a crisis in higher education and we need to get creative. What’s the end…

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Notes from Cuba

wow, wow WOW! Tom and I were blown away by the vibrance and energy of this island nation. And as with most places, we learned so much about the country’s complex history with the US. Overall, I would highly recommend Cuba as both a gapper destination or vacation destination. But here’s the caveat: don’t just…

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How to Write a Deferral Letter for a Gap Year

For prospective gap year students, the spring is an exciting time. You’ve heard from your colleges and now the choice is yours. Increasingly, students are making the choice to ask their future college for a deferral – which holds their spot at school for a year – in favor of a gap year. Most deferral-friendly…

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It All Starts With a Conversation

Gap year counseling is built on familiarity and trust. For a period of time, I become a close advisor to my students and their parents. This is a special relationship, and one that I enjoy building with each family I work with. Every consultation begins with a free introductory conversation. I use this time to…

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Gap Year Radio: One More Way to #ExploretheGapYear

Two years ago, my fellow gap year colleague Margo Brookfield approached me about starting a podcast. It took me about a second of thought before I said, “Yes! Let’s do it!!!” And now, three seasons and a national award later, we are about to enter season four of Gap Year Radio. The mission of Gap…

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