Learn about taking a gap year and how the gap year experience may change in the wake of COVID-19.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, a record number of students are considering a gap year or deferred enrollment to the Fall of 2021. Katherine Stievater, an independent counselor who specializes in gap year advising, will walk through the basics of gap years, what she is hearing from colleges about students seeking a gap year, and the ways in which the coronavirus outbreak may affect gap year experiences.
Katherine Stievater founded Gap Year Solutions to help students successfully transition to college with a customized plan that builds life skills through "Real World Learning". She was inspired to play a leadership role in the Gap Year community as a result of her experiences with today's teens and her family. Katherine's oldest son spent his junior year of high school at a Spanish language school in Spain, and her second oldest completed a Gap Year before college. Based in the Boston, MA area, she serves on the Board of Advisors and the Standards & Accreditation Committee of the national Gap Year Association. Katherine travels frequently to speak about Gap Years at schools, fairs and conferences, vets Gap Year programs in the U.S. and abroad, and writes regularly about Gap Years including the recent impact of COVID-19.