Where You Go to School May Not Matter As Much as You Think

Where You Go to School May Not Matter As Much as You Think

If you're the parent of a college-bound teen, you have probably driven yourself up the wall trying to read all of the opinion pieces out there about costs of sending your son or daughter to college. You probably have also read a good many articles about whether it really matters if your teen does or does not get into Ivy League schools. Here at Breakthrough Test Prep, we make it our business to be straight with parents not only about SAT/ACT issues, but also about these larger questions that everyone confronts. So, here's our advice:  we agree wholeheartedly that WHERE your teen ends up going – particularly true for the undergraduate years – likely will not determine WHO your son or daughter is or lock in their longer-term job prospects. The consensus is where your teen goes to graduate school is what really matters. This debate has certainly continued for decades, and there are those out there who insist that only Ivy League credentials...
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Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

So what's all of this talk about gap year? Is that something that would be a good option for YOUR teen? Read on to find out. How did gap years originate? Gap Years started in the United Kingdom in the 1970's. The purpose was to fill the 7 or 8 month gap between final exams and the beginning of university. The intention was to contribute to the development of the student typically through an extended international endeavor. Gap Years came to the United States in the early 1980's. Since coming to the United States, they embody every type of program and experience imaginable, domestically and internationally. What is the purpose of a gap year? A gap year is considered to be 'constructive time out between life stages'. According to the American Gap Association: “A Gap Year is a structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, challenge comfort zones, and experiment with possible careers.  Typically these are achieved...
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