When Nazra Noushad asked herself who she wanted to be in 10 years, she determined a gap year would help her become that person. In this episode, Nazra shares why and how she chose to take a gap year, how she told her mother, the opportunities she had and how her real world experience has set her up to thrive when she goes back to university.
Every kid is different and so is their journey. Not everyone is meant to pursue post-secondary education right after highschool; a gap year could be the best decision you ever help your kids make. Take Mary Boynton's experience for example, she is the mother of twin boys, who both decided to take a gap year in 2019. In this episode, Mary speaks candidly about their decision to take a gap year and the growth she’s seen from both her boys, only a few months into their year off.
A gap year goes beyond the backpackers you see on Instagram travelling the world. It takes guts to step away from a “normal” path, but you will be that much closer to your goals by doing so. In this episode, I define the reality of a gap year vs. the Instagram version and I explain the gap year personas I’ve seen, the benefits of taking a year off, especially during a global pandemic and my top tips for having a successful year.
Kayne Boyall is a Climate Champion, passionate about the environment and speaks to us all about how to take action. He talks about climate action, sustainability and some ways you can make your gap year more Earth-friendly. He shares about how he was able to connect with local resources and groups with shared values. If climate change is important to you or you are looking to connect with others on ANY issue, this episode will help you have the confidence and tools to open doors to having an impact.
Knowing you are on the right path is one thing… Taking action to correct your course and find your true purpose is another all together! This episode was recorded pre-COVID but Rachel’s experience of leaving University after less than a month is still relevant. She shares all about her decision, what she did and gives some solid tips for those who are considering alternatives to what they are experiencing right now. She is also a great model for those who are considering a gap year for next year too!
Rachel was a gap year alum panel speaker at Gap Year Frosh Week so you can also check out the rest of her story and download all of the speaker’s presentations!
Sam Demma is a 20-year-old gap year alum and motivational speaker, podcast host of the High Performing Student and entrepreneur. Sam will be sharing his full story along with some tips and ticks for making an impact on your very own gap year at Gap Year Frosh Week. Make sure you don’t miss out!
In this episode Sam talks about how a physical injury and mental health downwards spiral pushed him into the most transformative experience of taking a gap year. He shares his personal journey, navigating this experience with his family and some sage advice for us all!
Azmain is taking a gap year starting in September 2020. He just graduated from high school in Calgary, Alberta and decided that taking a year off was the best decision for him. He speaks candidly about making the decision, what he plans on doing and how he will use this time to learn, experience and grow a business.
The show notes do not do this conversation justice, so listen to Azmain’s wisdom!
Many gappers want to volunteer on their gap year or feel like they should volunteer. Volunteering is a powerful way to use your gifts and talents in new ways, to build your experience and your resume and to find a sense of purpose. Lily shares how to get a volunteer placement, how to be successful in those placements and how to leverage your experience to connect, grow and become more involved in your community.
We are in the final countdown before school starts. In previous years there was excitement and preparation, but many families this year are still in the uncomfortable and unwelcome position of deciding on next year’s plans – to go or not to go back to school. This episode, I take you inside OUR family’s decision-making process with what we are doing with our kids in September – I provide you with some of the questions we asked ourselves in coming to our decision.