The Gap Year Podcast
Everyone’s talking “Languishing”

Everyone’s talking “Languishing”

May 19, 2021

Have you read the NYT article all about that blah feeling we are all having these days? It's called languishing and it is REAL.  It's not depression, but it's definitely not thriving and a lot of us are feeling a lot of this.  

While this term is new to me, the concept is not - many people fear that they will not thrive on their gap year and NOW coming off of more than a year of a global pandemic taking over our lives and stealing our joy, this would be the worst case scenario for a gap year.

GOOD NEWS - there are some great tips on how you can prevent or redirect feelings of languishing on your gap year.  Take a listen to some of our top tips!

 

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Explore, Dream & Design Your Gap Year Workshop

Gap Year GamePlan 

When to Start Planning a Gap Year

When to Start Planning a Gap Year

May 6, 2021

Some people start planning their gap year in grade 9, while others don't plan until they have been sitting on the couch for a month. So is there an ideal time to plan?

Yes there is an ideal time but no, you are never too early OR too late.

This episode explores the benefits of planning in the spring before your gap year starts - providing you with confidence and a plan that will help you get excited about life after high school graduation.  It will also let you be part of conversations with your peers around what you are doing next year.

No matter what, to maximize your gap year, you need to get intentional about how you will be spending your time, so no matter when you come to this realization, you can make things happen.  There are programs, experiences and opportunities available year-round, however, some of the more popular ones, ones with high financial aid/subsidy or ones that start in September can often close registration earlier so better to get ahead in the game.

 

Check out the Gap Year Gameplan as a resource for gap year planning AND a year-long support for your gap year.  Spring Registration closes May 10, 2021.  You can check back for our summer and fall cohorts if you miss this round.

Avoid These Top 3 Gap Year Mistakes

Avoid These Top 3 Gap Year Mistakes

April 27, 2021

The Gap Year pathway is full of fun and excitement but there are 3 common mistakes that trip up most gappers.  This episode explores the top 3 and how to identify & avoid them.  We will talk about improper planning, a lack of community and forgetting to build in accountability.  We want your year to be full of positive experiences that move you forward in life, not trip you up and leave you feeling like you wasted your time.  Purposeful gap years are in your grasp!

CanGap can help throughout the process with its Gap Year Gameplan supports.  It’s a one-stop-resource for planning, executing and staying accountable throughout your year.  We will connect you with resources, a network of peers who are also on gap years and experts to guide you on your journey.  Join us for our spring cohort to get access to a bonus LIVE gap year planning so you can feel confident and excited about your September plans.

 

Check out the GAP YEAR GAMEPLAN

Emotional Intelligence - The 21st Century Skill Set with Morgan Toane of Entry Learning

Emotional Intelligence - The 21st Century Skill Set with Morgan Toane of Entry Learning

March 2, 2021
Emotional intelligence is the hot skill every employer is looking for right now. In this episode, Michelle Dittmer speaks to the Founder of Entry Learning, Morgan Toane, about how to develop emotional intelligence.
 
Top Pro & Con Reasons for Taking a 2021 Gap Year

Top Pro & Con Reasons for Taking a 2021 Gap Year

February 23, 2021
Taking a gap year is bold, which also makes for a hard decision. In this episode, Michelle Dittmer shares the common trends she's been hearing on why some families are hesitant on taking a gap year and why some are leaning towards one.
 
 
Getting Experience with Abbey- A Farming Gap Year Story

Getting Experience with Abbey- A Farming Gap Year Story

February 16, 2021

Not every gap year looks the same. In this episode, Michelle Dittmer speaks to Abbey about her farming gap year during COVID-19.

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Free Gap Year Information Session

Virtual International Internships 101 with Heilwig Jones of Kaya Responsible Travel

Virtual International Internships 101 with Heilwig Jones of Kaya Responsible Travel

February 9, 2021

Go abroad with your remote internship. In this episode, Heilwig Jones, Co-Founder of Kaya Responsible Travel reveals how gappers can get clarity on their career path through a remote internship, while also making a difference for a community across the world.

Full Show Notes

Learn more about Kaya Responsible Travel 

Check out the Gap Year Game Plan to meet people like you and find out about the opportunities available to you

 

Alum Series: A 30-Something’s Reflection on Her Gap Year with Jenni Berg

Alum Series: A 30-Something’s Reflection on Her Gap Year with Jenni Berg

February 2, 2021

If you want to take a gap year at home or abroad, this is your sign to do it. In this episode, Jenni shares her gap year experience in Australia and how it shaped her and defined her career. 

Full Show Notes

Learn more about Contiki

Connect with Jenni on Instagram

Join Michelle on the Contiki podcast on February 23 at 7 pm est.

Free resource on how to talk to your parents about taking a gap year

Parent Series: Wanting What is Best for Your Kid with Reni Walker

Parent Series: Wanting What is Best for Your Kid with Reni Walker

January 26, 2021

The best way to support your kid is to partner with them. In this episode, Reni Walker, mother of three and travel lover, speaks about her daughters’ gap year experiences,  how they transitioned back into university and how Reni supported them through making these big life decisions. 

Full Show Notes

Learn more during Gap Year Exploration Month

First Year Observations From a Math Professor with Andrew Skelton

First Year Observations From a Math Professor with Andrew Skelton

January 19, 2021

A gap year will set you apart in university and in your future job search. In this episode, Andrew Skelton, a first-year math professor settles some gap year hesitations and shares the differences he sees in his students who take a year off. 

Full Show Notes

Gap Year Information Session

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