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“A Gap Year” Panel Discussion on Jan. 3

The College Counseling Office of Brooklyn Friends School Presents:

A Gap Year Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 6:00pm

Brooklyn Friends Upper School Café located at 116 Lawrence Street

For Brooklyn Friends School Middle School Parents and Upper School Parents and Students

RSVP Here [Note: as of Dec. 28, there are a few spaces left.]

What is a gap year? Who should take one? What are the benefits of taking time off before college? How do colleges and universities view gap years? What can students do during a gap year? Who can help you create a gap year program? Is it affordable? Is it accessible?  These and many other questions are often what students and families ask when thinking about taking a year off before entering college. We hope that you will join us in exploring the gap year conversation with the following panelists.


holly-bull-web-260x260Holly Bull is president of the Center for Interim Programs, founded in 1980 as the first independent gap year counseling service in the US. Holly took two gap years herself, before and during college, and has twenty-five years of professional gap year counseling expertise. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.


TerryTerry Kung is Director of College Counseling at Brooklyn Friends School. In the last two decades Terry has been a college and admissions counselor in LA and NY, and has served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Columbia University. Terry is a fervent believer in demystifying the college application process and finding ways to empower students and parents with good and relevant information.


tesslanganTess Langan is the Alumni Fellow and Special Assistant to the COO of Global Citizen Year, and a Global Citizen Year Senegal alumna (2011).  After Senegal, she attended Occidental College and worked in the Office of Admissions after graduation. At Global Citizen Year Tess has worked on a wide range of projects spanning recruitment, admissions, operations, programs, alumni engagement and public relations. This year, as the Alumni Ambassador, Tess travels the country engaging high school students in bridge year conversations.


ron-lieberRon Lieber is the Your Money columnist at The New York Times, the author of “The Opposite of Spoiled” and the co-author of “Taking Time Off: Inspiring Stories of Students Who Enjoyed Successful Breaks from College and How You Can Plan Your Own,” both of which were New York Times bestsellers. He’s the parent of a Brooklyn Friends School fifth grader.


ann-macdougallAnn MacDougall is President of Encore.org which promotes second chapter careers for the greater good through thought leadership, programming and movement building.  Its goal is “passion, purpose and a paycheck” in the second half of life. Encore.org is headquartered in San Francisco and operates throughout the US.  Prior to joining Encore, Ann had a long career spanning both legal and operating roles, working in the US and Europe.  She sits on the board of Opiant, Inc. (a public specialty pharmaceutical company), Global Citizen Year (a US education non-profit), the Audit Committee of the Lycée Français de New York and the Advisory Board of Equality Now.  Her two daughters were Global Citizen Year fellows in Ecuador.