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  • Building The Perfect “List”: Must Have Conversation Starters

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/11/2014

    Finding the right place for each student is a critical element of the work we do. But working with each student and their parents requires navigating some typically challenging conversations—and using your initial college list is an important avenue to help. Not many students will have considered an international school, a women’s college, a Gap Year, or a rural college. Unless we take the time to have these conversations, however, the student will never leave their paradigm, potentially for the best fit. Join us as we talk through some of the ins and outs of these defining conversations, what are some of the potential pitfalls, and how you might address them.

    Finding the right place for each student is a critical element of the work we do. But working with each student and their parents requires navigating some typically challenging conversations—and using your initial college list is an important avenue to help. Not many students will have considered an international school, a women's college, a Gap Year, or a rural college. Unless we take the time to have these conversations, however, the student will never leave their paradigm, potentially for the best fit. Join us as we talk through some of the ins and outs of these defining conversations, what are some of the potential pitfalls, and how you might address them.

    Ethan Knight

    American Gap Association

    Ethan Knight has been working within the world of Gap Years since 1996, when he took his own Gap Year to India, Nepal and Tibet. After his Gap Year he returned to Willamette University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy. He has led Gap Year groups, directed programs, and built his own Gap Year organization. After six years managing that organization, Carpe Diem, Ethan launched the non-profit American Gap Association in 2012 to expand access to Gap Years and the myriad profound benefits that they instill.