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 option:

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.

Updated July 10th: Quick Gap Year Video

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.

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!

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

TBD: Informational Webinar for Students & Parents

It’s Not Too Late: How to Take a Gap Year in 2020

Next Date TBD

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

July 23rd: Professional Development Webinar for School Counselors and IECs

Gap Years as the New Normal: A Webinar for School Counselors and IECs

Thursday, July 23rd, 3:00-4:00pm est

Register for this $25 professional development Zoom webinar here

The coronavirus pandemic upended the college admission process for all college-bound Americans this year. Now, more American families than ever before are considering a gap year for their college-aged student. So what does this mean for younger students and the future of the gap year pathway?

The ripple effects of 2020 will be felt for years, and that includes a wider acceptance and desire for the gap year option. This webinar will give you guidance on how to weave gap year education into your practice with students.

Join professional gap year counselor and President of the Gap Year Association Julia Rogers as she provides useful tips to help you integrate gap year education into your practice. Julia will discuss identifying strong gap year candidates and discuss different types of resources for your clients and their families.

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.