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"For a gap year to have a significant impact, it needs to be a transformative event, quite distinct from anything that students have experienced before."

Jeff Selingo, writer for The Washington Post, lays out the things you need to know to have a successful gap year in this article on NPR.

Merely working a low-income job near home can actually have a negative impact on college success. It's the truly transformational events that research shows propel students forward to success in college -- and in life after college.