Students considering taking a gap year, listen up! Adelaide Hanson took a gap year composed of 3 segments – Fall semester in East Africa, winter semester working at home, spring semester – backpacking Southeast Asia. She joins us today to share why she choose a gap year, her stories, her lessons and learned, and recommendations for students considering taking a gap year. Adelaide was introduced to College Scoops by Marion Taylor – Founder of Taylor the Gap. Marion was a guest on our podcast a while back. Thank you Marion for continuing to support College Scoops and introduce us to students across the globe.
- Some programs have directors that have actually been on the trips before, so it might be beneficial to talk to the leadership to see how they operate and perform
- There was always an emphasis on learning and connecting with different people around the world
- At the end of the trip, each person would give a presentation on something that interested them the most
- Re-entry is the hard part
- Get a job, it helps to add structure to the daysIf you’re traveling outside of a program, it would be beneficial to hire someone to help plan out the trip in detail and navigate through the Visas and Passport information needed.
Important Resources and Links:
Taylor the Gap
Meet Adelaide Hanson
Adelaide Hanson is from Denver Colorado. She graduated in 2018 and shortly after embarked on her gap year adventures. In the summer of 2018, she worked for a catering company in Hong Kong and lived there with her older sister in an apartment. In the fall, she went on a 90-day ARCC semester program in East Africa with nine other gap students. In the winter, she stayed in Denver and worked as a waitress to earn money to help fund her spring semester trip. In the spring, she planned and executed a two-and-a-half-month backpacking trip in East Asia with a friend from the ARCC program. After her gap year, she attended Colorado College, but after her freshman year, she decided to transfer to Santa Clara University where she will be starting as a sophomore this fall.
Thank you Adelaide for joining us today to share your incredible, intentional gap year journey. Students planning on a gap year – take the time to map out all the details ahead of time from a budget perspective to all the required visas and medical forms and vaccinations required for your trip. Working with a gap year advisor is beneficial to make sure you have all the necessary information in place before you head off. If your parents are not exactly on board, think about creating a PowerPoint presentation for them to show them your exact intentions, goals, budgets, and itinerary. Gap year experiences are ones you will never forget and the lessons learned will shape you for the future. Take charge of your gap year.