Make the most out of your gap year

Gap Year Consulting



Mission: connect people to gap year programs that best fit their personal needs & will positively transform their lives

GapSmart exists because it's easy to get distracted and overwhelmed with planning a gap year.  GapSmart sorts through the clutter and makes the process easy, exciting, and fun.  Knowing you are making the right choice based on your own needs will ensure your gap year is a success.

Choosing a Gap Year Consultant can make or break the entire experience.  There's a lot of questions that pop up and navigating the various stages of a gap year.  We provide assistance before, during, and after your gap year to ensure you get the most of the experience.

GapSmart is on the pulse of gap year programs, college admissions process, financial aid trends, and what employers are looking for in candidates.  GapSmart has also closely monitored their evolution to inform our own holistic approach—all to give you exceptional advice that will last for years to come.

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to inquire whether our services are right for you.





Cambridge, MA




Areas of Expertise & Services

PLanning the Gap year

The world is ever growing and evolving. With the consistent introduction of new programs and increased flexibility in college admissions, the opportunity for taking a gap year grows, but so does the complexity. That’s where we come in.  We get to know you and your goals so our advice is tailored to your needs.

applying to programs

Demystifying applications and admission processes is in itself a creative practice. It requires finesse, strategic structuring, and in many ways, empathy. At the end of the day, we will sift through all the options and make sure you are making the best choice that you want.

preparing for the gap year

What are you going to wear!?  What backpack is the "best" and do you really need an international plan?  What about insurance?  Will you use a paper journal or blog?  What's the best way to stay in touch with your family and friends?  There are so many questions and we give you an holistic approach, so you can get the most out of your gap year. 

developing a college plan

College is not for everyone.  That being said, learning is for everyone.  People entering the workforce now will have numerous careers throughout their lives.  Being able to figure out how you learn becomes easier after a gap year experience.  Plus, you'll have tremendous momentum that you'll want to capitalize on.  By having a plan for after, before you start, you'll be that much more successful.

marketing yourself after

After an amazing gap year it can be hard to concisely share what you learned and how you've changed.  We'll help you best define the outcomes of the gap year and give you the language to present your new self to anyone.


Less traditional paths

Not everyone takes a gap year before college.  Some folks decide to take it after working a couple years or later in life as a way to reset mentally, shift career directions, recharge, or just have an adventure.  Call it a quarter or mid-life crisis, if you like.  GapSmart helps you make the shrewd moves and land on your feet when it's all over.



Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness
— Mark Twain


Let's Chat.

Use the form below to contact us for a free initial consultation.  All initial calls take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings Eastern Standard Time.

 Please be as detailed as possible. Include a little bit about yourself along with any specific questions.

To help us best service your inquiry, we recommend that you first describe what you define as the single greatest issue you’re facing in planning before telling us what you want to achieve. 


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