Learn the many benefits of taking a gap year before or during college as well as some of the potential challenges involved. This workshop covers the variety of program experiences available, highlights current research on how taking a gap year affects a student's performance in college and provides an update on how successful the 2020-2021 gap year experiences were for students despite Covid-19 restrictions and concerns. Sample student scenarios illustrate how a gap year can be structured to match students' varied interests with program options, and a list of resources will be provided. HOLLY BULL, Ed.M. is President of the Center for Interim Programs and has worked as a gap year counselor for over 30 years.