Coronavirus Gap Year Planning


Are your college plans changing due to coronavirus? Are you a school counselor or educational consultant trying to give your students all the options? Are you a parent helping your child make the best choice in a difficult situation?

Whether a gap year was always an option for your students or family, or whether you are completely new to this concept, EnRoute is here to help.

First things first, you may orient yourself with some basic information about the gap year here or take a look at some gap year TED Talks on my Youtube playlist.

A gap year is a time for personal growth, career exploration and life skills development. You may wonder if a meaningful gap year is still possible this upcoming year.

I believe it is. Since a gap year is focused on personal goals, there is no one right way to do it. We don’t know yet how free our movement will be over the next 18 months, but I am confident that the online, community-based, regional, national and international opportunities afforded to gap year students are up to the task of developing young minds so this period of time is productive, meaningful, and – yes – fun! If done intentionally, you can argue a gap year is the best way for students to spend the next year and very well could develop them into more prepared, mature and resilient college students.

I’m offering many online educational opportunities so students, parents and counselors can fully understand the plethora of gap year options and how to decide on what to do based on our evolving situation. Flexibility and open-mindedness are key components to planning a gap year in 2020!

Need Help Now?

To find out more information about personalized gap year planning, including a NEW offering for coronavirus-affected students, check out our services page.

Conversation with Your Teen

My recent conservation with Sue Borison of Your Teen for Parents is a great place to orient yourself to taking a gap year in 2020.

Upcoming Webinars

May 14th: Planning Webinar for Students & Parents

Taking a Gap Year in the Time of COVID-19 : A Planning Webinar

Thursday, May 14th, 2:00-3:15pm est

Register for this $25 Zoom webinar here

The coronavirus already upended the last year of high school for every young American, and now threatens the traditional college experience as well. Enter the gap year. This webinar will start you on the path to having a plan for the future that you can get excited about.

In this webinar designed for students and parents, EnRoute Consulting founder Julia Rogers will guide students through how to request a college deferral as well as how to set goals, budget and plan a gap year.

This webinar will answer questions such as :
“How do I make the most of an unexpected gap year?”
“What kinds of gap year opportunities might be available during coronavirus recovery?”
“How do I join an Americorps program?”
“How can I get jobs in our national parks?”
“How can I help with disaster relief projects?”
“Will I be able to travel abroad this year?”

At the end of this webinar, you will have specific program ideas to take your planning to the next level! Unlike free webinars, for the low cost of $25, this webinar will give attendees specific program information and guidance.

We will discuss finding and applying to affordable gap year programs such as:
Americorps national service options
Work exchanges in the US and abroad
Grassroots volunteering
Disaster relief volunteering
Election 2020 opportunities

May 20th: General Info Session for Students, Parents & Educators

Taking a Gap Year in 2020: A General Info Session for Students, Parents and Educators

Wednesday, May 20th, 3:00-4:00pm est

Register for this free Zoom webinar here

With the conoravirus upending the college admission plans of thousands of students, more young people are considering a gap year for the 20/21 school year. Are you a high school senior considering a gap year, or guiding a young person through this decision? Then join this informational and interactive webinar to discover the possibilities of the gap year option.

Professional gap year counselor Julia Rogers will guide you through the opportunities available in the age of corona – and how plans could evolve based on the global outlook.  She will also discuss how to plan for college deferment or reapplication, how to finance gap time and provide tips for designing a meaningful gap year.

How to Write Your Deferral Letter

Check out the blog post here

For School Counselors and Educational Consultants

A Facebook Live Q& A for Counselors

Like EnRoute’s Facebook page for upcoming Live Q & A sessions throughout the spring!

EnRoute’s Online Course to Train You in Gap Year Knowledge

The Gap Year Training Library is designed for public and private school counselors, educators and youth mentors who understand the potential of the gap year and want to develop a well-rounded knowledge of this increasingly popular path. The information in this course will empower you to recommend the gap year option to your students with confidence. This course is accredited by Colorado State University, which unlocks your ability to earn CEUs and access professional development funds to participate.

Follow this link to learn more and register.

Additional Resources

A Short Virtual Presentation:

Gap Years in the News

NY Times: Gap Year Ideas for students feat. EnRoute Consulting

CBS NYC: Should Students Take a Gap Year feat. EnRoute Consulting

Good Morning America, April 25, 2020: Countdown for Parents and Students Entering College feat. EnRoute Consulting

Money: What to Know Before You Take a Gap Year From College During Coronavirus

Forbes: Going To College Next Fall? Consider A Gap Year

Medium: A twenty-year professor on starting college this fall: Don’t.