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Most students transition smoothly from high school to college, following a path defined by countless graduates before them. More and more, however, take what is called a gap or bridge year. Even Malia Obama is doing it! The extra time–which teens typically fill with work, travel, or service–delivers a variety of benefits, from time to recharge from a rigorous high school career to space to figure out their futures. One program that takes the gap year to the next level is the Global Citizen Year. The Global Citizen Year serves as “an international immersion designed to give high school graduates perspective, confidence and purpose prior to college.” What makes this offering different from others? A break from routine High school graduates are entering college underprepared, families are questioning their return on investment, and colleges are facing growing concerns about relevance. Today, anxiety and depression among college freshmen are at an…

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