Gap Year, a Year On. William S. McCulloch. Agenda. Gap year - what it is and what it is not Types of gap year activities Benefits of gap year participation Drawbacks of gap year participation Ideal gap year candidates Deciding to take a year on Gap year planning process
William S. McCulloch
A Year On
A Year Off
Sleeping on the couch all summer
Birch & Miller (2007); Engle (2010); Heath (2007); Jones (2004)
“backpack across Europe”
road trip across USA
DeLuca (2008); Heath (2007); Jones (2004); Simpson (2004); Simpson (2005)
Birch & Miller (2007); Bull (2006); Crume (2006); DeLuca (2008); Engle (2010); Gregory (2010); Jones(2004); Schwartz (2004); Smith(2009); Willcoxson, Cotter, & Joy (2011)
Inability to deliver
Idealized view vs. reality of experience
Jones (2004); Simpson (2004); Simpson (2005)
Birch & Miller (2007); Bull (2006); Gergerich (2003); Harder (2006); Martin (2010)
Jones (2004); Wells & Lynch (2012)
admissions and deferment
Apply to college of choice
provide plan of goals and benefits
Engle (2010); Gregory (2010); Hustrand (2010); Jones (2004)
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