When I learned that Harvard-bound Malia Obama was taking a gap year prior to starting college, I had one thought: Finally. The gap year hasn’t received its just due as a part of education. Contrary to
Gap years are gaining in popularity among American students, as the New York Times reports. For example, Harvard has seen a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, and MIT saw their deferments
In a few weeks, my 18-year-old niece will land in New York from South Africa and spend a few days with my husband and I before heading to Wisconsin to work at a summer camp. The trip is the start of a
When it comes to education, sometimes more school isn't the answer. The internet has exploded with a variety of reactions to the news that Malia Obama will take a year off before enrolling at Harvard 2017.
Join our live chat on Wednesday 11 May from 1pm to 3pm to ask our experts for their advice on making the most of a year out On Sunday the White House announced that Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia, will
What most of us do is we graduate with degrees in finance and have no clue what we want to do with it. Well, if you had taken a little bit more time to be reflective on really what matters and why, it
Age is just a number. And I measure age not by the passage of time – the number of minutes, hours or days since I was brought into the world – but by the richness of my experiences. I measure age by those
Gap year students can cause more harm than good, it has been claimed after a top British university called for orphanage visits to stop being promoted. David Coles, charity coordinator at the London School
We are born creative and curious. But as we progress from kindergarten to university, we lose these skills along the way. In fact, we are educated out of them. Education factories around the world are
Dismissing the gap year concept as another privilege of the 1 percent does a disservice to us all, as society would gain substantially from a generation of more engaged, self-directed and academically-motivated
To anyone contemplating taking a gap year: I cannot urge strongly enough that there is no better way to transform yourself from a lost high school kid who thinks they've got a clue, to a young adult who's
So don't feel bad about being unsure, and don't be afraid to change your mind. There's strength in recognizing when something doesn't feel right. Don't believe the hype about having to attend the most
I'm not really sure where this gap year is going to take me (or whether it's going to be successful) but I'm excited to take a chance, not have anything planned, and see what opportunities this year brings.