Summer ProgramsSummer is the perfect time for activities that will strengthen your resume and motivate you to get involved in something. Explore your interests and find out (or confirm) what you are passionate about. Many summer programs have application processes and some require letters of recommendation, so begin looking early.The College & Career Center receives information throughout the year regarding a variety of summer programs and these will be shared with the Drake community as they arrive. Click here to access that information.Students and parents are also welcome to visit the College & Career Center in order to look through files containing brochures on different summer programs. Here is a link to a Google Sheet that catalogs all of the materials included in the College & Career Center files: summer opportunitiesAnother resource is TeenLife -a leading source for college preparation with summer programs, gap year programs, community service, and more.Gap Year InformationOur school historically hosts an annual Gap Year Fair where over 45 exhibitors share information on their programs and answer questions for parents and students. The event begins with a presentation where parents and students learn what a gap year is, the ins and outs, how to look for companies, how colleges view them and any other questions that may come up. The fair itself is an opportunity to have face-to-face conversation with people who work in the field.Each year, the Go Overseas team coordinates about 40 USA Gap Year Fairs across the country to connect students, parents, and educators with gap year program providers from all over the world. As we adapt to changing times, they've redesigned their in-person events to provide the community with inspiration and guidance at home.
This page has information on upcoming virtual gap year events.Please visit https://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs for more information.Gap Year - The following three paragraphs come from www.usagapyearfairs.org
A Gap Year is a period of time between completing high school and beginning college when a student steps outside the traditional classroom experience. This is a time to explore the world, reflect on their personal values and goals, and prepare to take the next purposeful step in life. Gap Year programs give students a developmental advantage over their peers by providing them with an opportunity to expand their perspective and gain direction that give the college years meaning and focus. For many students, Gap Year programs provide them with time to develop independence and confidence as well as pursue various fields of interest.
Almost all Gap Year Programs have a focus on Education, Service and Personal Growth. The education students receive is based on learning outside the classroom, engaging the world they live in, and broadening their perspective. During the Gap Year almost all students participate in some form of community service. Typical efforts include working with an orphanage, teaching English in a foreign country, working with endangered species, providing meals for the homeless, or some other form of necessary service. All students undergo personal growth while on a Gap Year Program by developing independence, sharpening their focus, and learning practical life skills. The advantages Gap Year brings are an invaluable component in the development of any young adult.
The popularity of Gap Year is growing at an exponential rate in the United States. It is publicly promoted at some of the most well known universities including Harvard, Princeton, Tufts and New York University. Some of these universities even openly encourage students to take a Gap Year in their acceptance letters. In 2009 Princeton University took the lead by creating their Bridge Year program which provides need-blind financial aid for a portion of incoming freshman to take a Gap Year. In an article talking about Gap Year, the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University, William Fitzsimmons, stated, "Normally a total of about fifty to seventy students defer (Harvard) college until the next year. The results have been uniformly positive. Harvard's overall graduation rate of 98% is among the highest in the nation, perhaps in part because so many students take time off."