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The global gap year movement is gaining momentum, and we are proud to be featured as a leader in in the field by the following publications.

12 Jun 2018 The Best Freshman Year Is A Gap Year

Commentary by Global Citizen Year's Abby Falik and Linda Frey published by The Chronicle of Higher Education as part of a series on Reimagining the Freshman Year.  -- It’s that time of year again. High-school seniors across the country are finishing their final exams, cleaning out their lockers, and getting ready to walk up on stage to accept their diplomas. The students know where they’re going to college, and they’ll busy themselves over the coming months by looking into meal plans, registering for classes, and contacting their future roommates. Admissions deans are...

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24 Apr 2018 Gap year with Global Citizen Year Shows HOW You Go to College Is More Important than Where You Go

Global Citizen Year (www.globalcitizenyear.org), a transformative gap year experience for tomorrow's global changemakers, today releases the findings from its inaugural Alumni Outcomes Report. As high school seniors around the country navigate the college decision process, these survey results add to the growing evidence that how you go to college is more important than where you go in shaping positive outcomes in college, career, and life. Global Citizen Year alumni are going to college with the perspectives, skills and mindsets that enable them to make the most of their undergraduate experience - and beyond. “We...

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11 Apr 2018 Ecuador ’19 Fellow Sarah Montross: “Why I’m taking a gap year and daring to fail (and why you should too)”

BY SARAH MONTROSS When I tell people I’m going to Ecuador on a gap year next year before college, I get mixed reactions. Older people tend to respond with “I wish I had done that” or “I didn’t know something like this was an option when I was younger.” While kids my age tend to smile and say, “That’s so cool! I’d love to do something like that … but I can’t." Why can’t you? Failure is a driving factor in all our lives — from the fear of failing an exam to...

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10 Apr 2018 Ecuador ’17 Alum Savier Morales on the “Pros and Cons of Taking A Gap Year”

High school graduation is rapidly approaching. You’ve ordered a cap and gown, selected senior portraits and picked the date for a party. The only problem is your senior is totally burned out, with no clue what comes next. Until he finds better focus and direction, the reality of paying tens of thousands of dollars in college tuition seems like a bad idea. If this sounds familiar, read on to discover how a gap year might offer your student an alternate route to higher education. What is a gap year? A gap year is...

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10 Apr 2018 Senegal ’18 Fellow Elise Leise: “Senegal, you’ve deepened my understanding of the world I left behind”

Senegal, I can't remember clearly what I imagined you to be; what stereotypes I inadvertently packed in my suitcase alongside my solar charger and all-polyester clothing and water sterilization device. Vibrant saturation of color, drums beating deep and low, sun-scalded dirt roads, lions — I'm ashamed to admit it now, but that was the basis of our acquaintance as the airplane lifted off to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The hard part to telling the story of my time here is that stereotypes sometimes have truth to them. Wandering through Tiwaone streets, women...

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10 Apr 2018 Senegal ’18 Fellow Wyatt Foster: “How my gap year prepared me for college”

As I packed my (many) bags to head off for an eight months in Senegal, I wasn’t sure what the long term impacts of my gap year would be. I figured I would meet new people, practice new languages, eat new food, and experience new cultures, but I never thought it would so deeply affect the way I learn and how I now view my education. I am proud to say I’m a Global Citizen Year Fellow. Global Citizen Year is an immersive eight month program takes recent high school graduates...

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10 Apr 2018 Brazil ’17 Alum Amari Leigh Named 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Amari Leigh ’21 has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Leigh is a student assistant at Hamilton’s Levitt Center and a volunteer with Project SHINE that provides English language tutoring to Utica-area...

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