It all started when...
Gapyearly is the first-ever resource that offers extensive firsthand reviews of gap year experiences and free support for potential gapper parents as well as students who are considering time off from school. Gapyearly was born after we found a lack of financially accessible resources supporting students in the gap year planning process when outlining our own gap years after graduating from high school. Sketching out an entire year can be a doubt-filled process: what’s the “right thing” to be doing? What had others done during their time away from school? The possibilities seemed, ironically, both limitless and limited by the question of how in the world we could—for the first time in our lives that had been overrun with all the “should do’s” in school—fill up an unscheduled year. At the end of each of our gap years, we thought about how helpful it would have been to gain inspiration and insight from previous gap year students. When we met at Stanford, we joined forces to create Gapyearly.
At Gapyearly, we are dedicated to launching a gap year movement in the United States by giving students the tools to plan a gap year and confidence to do so. Taking a year off provided us a chance to deal with uncertainties that come with unplanned time, and allowed us to gain extremely valuable confidence, courage, competence, and perhaps most importantly, a diminished fear of failure. Time and time again, gappers have reflected that the lessons and skills learned during their time away from school will assign so much more meaning to their college experience and beyond. In fact, no gapper that we've encountered (and we've met many) has ever regretted their decision to take a year off.
Whether you are considering just a few months or a whole year off from school, we hope the incredible experiences that gappers have shared here help you chart your way.
Jiyoung Jeong and Sasha Landauer