Through Verto you can take a semester (or year) to figure out who you are and see the world while earning general education credits. When you are accepted into Verto, you are simultaneously accepted into at least one of Verto’s partner schools with a guaranteed slot for admission in the following spring or fall. That way you don’t have to worry about applying to college or transferring credits when you get back. Even better, Verto was designed to give students the opportunity to see new countries while graduating in four years at the same cost, if not less, than your typical semester of college. We’ve designed a program where traveling actually saves you money.
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Travel: Many organizations offer programs that emphasize traveling or living abroad. Or, you may wish to plan your own adventure.
Complete an Internship: Spend some time working in a career field that interests you. If you enjoy it, you'll have even more incentive to succeed in your chosen college major. If it's not the field for you, you'll still have plenty of time to explore other career opportunities.
Volunteer: You can find volunteer programs both in the US and all over the world. You could build houses, work with children, tackle environmental projects, or a host of other activities.
Focus on Academics: Students who are not pleased with their high school records might consider a postgraduate (PG) year. The goal for a PG year is to strengthen your academic record in the hope of gaining entry to a better college.
Work: Whether you find a job at home or away, a year of work can give you extra funds to pay for college, plus valuable, real-life experience.
What About College? Once you've decided to take time off, it's tempting to delay the whole college search until next year. But that's not a good idea, for a number of reasons. The college search and application process is much easier while you're still in high school. So go ahead and apply to colleges. Then contact the institution you plan to attend and ask that your admission be deferred for a semester or a year. Most colleges are very receptive to students who want time off for a gap year.
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