In this 5 minute video, mygapyear clients, alumni and parents share their gap year experience, what they have learned and the advantages of taking a structured and personally coached gap year. Industry experts and post-secondary institutions also weigh in on the subject. Hear what the experts have to say about taking a gap year.
"Although I love to travel, I had too many personal commitments at home and was not able to take a trip during my year off. Instead I remained in Toronto, and surprisingly still had an amazing year. It was precisely the decision to stay at home that made my year so rewarding: I was able to balance working part-time, creating a portfolio for university, going out with friends, and spending time with family. mygapyear even found me volunteer opportunities and a very educational online course to take in my spare time.
It was a year full of self-discovery. I learned that when I’m faced with obstacles (no matter how big or small) I will always power through with determination. I am more independent, resilient, and confident in my ability to deal with stress. I no longer dread starting school and I look forward to new challenges and opportunities. The people at mygapyear were extremely helpful and encouraging, they kept me motivated and offered advice when I was under pressure. I recommend mygapyear to anyone who wants to experience new things and learn about their true personality and goals, but isn’t sure where to begin. They will be with you every step of the way."
MP - Gapper
"With a better understanding of what I enjoy and who I am, I realized that there was a university better suited to me. Taking the year with mygapyear has given me confidence in where my education and future are going. mygapyear gave me the opportunity to discover on my own what it is I want to do."
MR - Gapper
"I am amazed by all the things I discovered throughout this year and how I am able to look at things like the future and previously stressful situations in a totally different light.
This gap year has brought so much personal growth and self-discovery for me. I can’t believe how much I have changed for the better since the beginning of my year. MyGapYear connected me with an amazing travel opportunity that I probably would not have found on my own. The personal coaching sessions helped me find direction for my year and unlock potential for growth within myself that I didn’t even know I had."
DH - Gapper