In 2019 it is safe to say we sacrifice our time and sometimes each other to our phones more than anything else. We are all guilty of this but it can be especially infuriating when a teenager nods and mumbles in your general direction while checking something on their screen. Psychologists call this “Phubbing”, snubbing others in favor of your phone.
During a Gap Year participants have agency over their education, have the time to understand themselves and engage with others in deep, meaningful, and enduring learning experiences. The existence of such programs suggests that for many the schooling experience up until this point was the opposite of the description above.
It is difficult to have an impact when there are so many paths to choose from. To truly make a mark you must choose one thing and stick to it. This can be an excruciating choice in a world that is constantly showing us more and more things we should care about. How do you know you are investing in the right path?
As an educator I’ve often had conversations with parents of young people considering taking a gap year. They worry about academic achievement, about being ’behind’ your age group, about somehow being late to college and ‘missing the train’ of success.
Meet the newest member of our staff: Caitlin Horigan!
Hearing from Sam Hinkley, Fall ‘18, in this essay regarding his gap experience wraps several reflections into one: Sam reflecting on what his semester here meant to him, and us reflecting on the possibilities of gap time. May you enjoy reading this as much as I did!
Earlier this month, REI published a report called “The Path Ahead.” I came across this report on the OutdoorEd.com resources webpage. Take a peak!
Here’s a short video of Jake’s recent speech at an educators’ conference.
There are many benefits of a college education…
…but those benefits compound if you make the most of your time in that unique environment. A college student is (often) uniquely free from responsibilities to the wider world, and can pursue studies without these adult pressures. Unfortunately, for many students other pressures fill in for the stress of paying bills, getting to work on time, and caring for family.
This article, When a College Student Comes Home, published recently in the New York Times, shares a bit about how these stressors can impact college students. I was surprised to see that thirty percent of freshman won’t return for their sophomore year. Take three minutes to read the piece for yourself.
We know it’s application crunch time out there, but perhaps a few moments to wonder about what will make you most capable to make the most of your days will be well worth it.
There is snow on the ground here at Glen Brook the day after our Fall 2018 season came to a close. Now that the gappers have left, we are left to reflect on the semester we’ve shared with our curious cohort.
Noah Weil—known as “Boah” to differentiate him from the other Noah (himself called “Shnoah”)—has found time in between his role as Leader of the Week and his work on his Deep Dive project to write two entries for the Brook Blog: one about Intensive III, and one about the Deep Dives. Enjoy!
Phase Two has now come to a close.
John C., fall gapper, gives us a feel for working with horses this phase.
F’18 gapper Jeremy reflects on the choose-your-own-adventure style schedule of mid-program.
Fall 2018 gapper Dan C. reflects on a tough but rewarding expedition.
We’re proud for feature six Gap at Glen Brook alumni from the past five semesters!
F18 gapper Sam Hinkley reflects on the first week of this semester. Keep connecting the thematic dots, Sam!
Fall ‘15 gapper Monty Stewart reflects on writing and human nature three years after his gap semester.
“Lying under the stars, I thought about how I didn’t need to find my place in the universe, I just had to be me….”
We have been accredited by the Gap Year Association for demonstrating integrity and excellence in the field of gap years.