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Volunteering in Mérida, Mexico with UnCollege

Posted by Chris Kelly on Apr 25, 2016 6:44:38 PM
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Topics: volunteering

Volunteering in Tanzania

Posted by Chris Kelly on Apr 21, 2016 11:45:36 AM
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The Truth About Your High School Experience

Posted by zack on Apr 19, 2016 3:24:44 PM

By Mohnish Soundararajan

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Topics: education, dropping out, gap year, Opinion, self-directed, high school

New International Voyage Destinations Announced!

Posted by Chris Kelly on Apr 12, 2016 1:02:49 PM

Travel is a great way for us to expand our knowledge and grow as a citizen of the world. Most importantly, travel is a fast-paced, crash-course in the school of self.

Travel forces us out of our comfort zones, causing us to think on our feet and approach challenges in a different way. That's why UnCollege starts each Gap Year with the Voyage Phase. We want each UnCollege fellow to experience the joy of volunteering abroad and take a detour from the pressures of everyday life in order to focus on personal growth.

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Abbey Yacoe: Creating an Art Collective from Scratch in 10 Weeks

Posted by Jennifer Schaffer on Apr 5, 2016 4:19:00 AM
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Topics: fellows, gap year, Gap Year Program

Motorcycling Out of the “Four Year Comfort Zone”

Posted by Jennifer Schaffer on Apr 1, 2016 1:29:00 AM
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Topics: Young Adults, alternative education, travel, fellows, Self-direction, gap year, Gap Year Program, alex tatem

Gap Year Stories: Q&A with Two Students Who Chose To Take a Gap Year

Posted by Jennifer Schaffer on Mar 30, 2016 11:07:43 AM



We are hosting a free, online event next Thursday at 4 PM PST. The goal of the event is to have an informal conversation with students who have taken a gap year and hear about their experiences first hand. Hopefully these students’ experiences will help you figure out:

  • Is it beneficial to take a gap year?
  • Does it make getting a job harder?
  • Does it make getting back into univeristy harder?
  • What are all the gap year options out there?

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Topics: education, drop out, advice, gap year

What I Wish I’d Known When Applying to Colleges

Posted by Rainseford on Mar 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM


The six months I spent applying to colleges felt like a continuous panic attack.

I’ve never been more convinced that I didn’t know anything: I didn’t know how to get my knowledge to translate into decent test scores. I didn’t know how to narrow down programs and institutions from what felt like a continuous parade of “University of XYZ: See Yourself Here” emails and brochures. I didn’t know when – or if – I would have that “moment” everyone talks about where I felt at home on a campus. Mostly, I didn’t know if I would ever be able to confidently answer the question every graduating senior gets asked on repeat, “where are you going to college?” or if I would ever find a way to make my talents and interests shine in the narrow confines of the Common App.

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Topics: dropping out

Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off and...

Posted by Jim Paterson on Mar 1, 2016 3:29:29 PM

Success is defined in a lot of ways, but one subject seems to be at the heart of most discussions about how to obtain it – failure.

That’s right, a lot of the folks who are the smartest, richest, most successful, or just those people who have attained something you admire, will inevitably say it wasn’t the number of wins they notched, it was how they handled the losses…how they got back on track and learned from mistakes. This is nothing new, but it is as important as ever.

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Topics: Perseverance, Self-direction

How A Teacher Inspired Me to Leave School

Posted by Rainseford on Feb 25, 2016 11:19:15 AM

Everything is related to everything else, we are not separate from what we love and believe, and there is no greater need than to express what is most necessary to you. 

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Topics: dropping out

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