Monthly Archives: February 2020


A successful gap year meets personal goals – so it is important that you look internally to see what it is that you hope to gain in the next semester or year away from traditional classroom experiences!

1. Why do you want to take a Gap year abroad?

  • To see new parts of the world or learn a different language?
  • To explore different points of view?
  • To build confidence and develop problem-solving skills?
  • To see if a career or area of study is a good fit?
  • To contribute to a cause you care about?
  • To network and connect with new communities?

2. Have you studied a foreign language?

  • Is it a language you’d like to pursue?
  • Do you want to learn a different language from the one you’ve studied?
  • Do you want to embrace the culture that you have studied for the last four years?

3. How long is your ideal gap program?

  • Go for a semester.
  • Go for a year.
  • You can even pair any two-semester programs to create a full-year program that’s uniquely you.

Even though your head and heart might be set on a GAP YEAR Program for your first year out of high school, Williams Educational believes that every student should check with his or her colleges first before differing to see if a GAP YEAR Program is in your best interest. Some colleges have their own GAP YEAR programs too! Don’t just defer, be active in your educational journey and ask questions!


Opportunity for Wisdom and Leadership

In 2020, I wanted to do something different for myself and for others, so I launched The Owl Institute in hopes to learn, grow and build a community for parents, students, counselors, educators, etc. I feel like in my 15 years plus as an Educational Consultant, the conversations have shifted. I have shifted. I began my career as a single woman and am now married with three children. Things shift, conversations change, but I see what is happening to our children, and I want others to talk about it too. However, I want to do more than just talking about the obvious: anxiety, stress, fear, etc., I want to be proactive. This is why I launched The Owl Institute, a private Facebook group. This group allows us to not only talk about our concerns, but it also gives us the freedom to learn from one another and an opportunity to be a leader in our community. Kicking off this group was a bit scary because it meant more planning, more work, more to-dos on my calendar. 

But it has been worth it!

This past January and February, I launched my program with a great book, Love Languages for Teens by Gary Chapman. I had followers read beside me as I posted about each chapter or highlighted main ideas. We had a few great discussions and grew in members. I could not have asked for a better start to this forum and am thankful for all who contributed. As we finish this book, I want to highlight the five love languages and provide the link for your son or daughter or yourself to take the online assessment.  
l. Words of affirmation – using words to build up the other person. 
2. Gifts –says more than the present…sometimes the gift is in the packaging!
3. Acts of Service – Doing something for someone else that you know they would like. 
4. Quality time – Giving someone your undivided attention.
5. Physical touch – showing expressions of love.

Take the online assessment by clicking on the link below:

Chapman writes a very powerful thought in his conclusion: “Teenagers need parents who will walk alongside, speaking the teen’s love language with a sincere desire to learn with the teenager how to take responsible steps after failure. Parents who do this will indeed be successful parents.”

If you would like to continue the discussion and find out what The Owl Institute is reading next, come join online at