Based in both the Greater Chicago and Los Angeles areas, we work with families in person and online. Schedule a free exploratory call and we'll get started.

You'll get realistic feedback of what you can expect to spend and what options are available. There is no commitment to use our services after our conversation. This is a just a chance for us to chat in person or via FaceTime/Zoom Web Conferencing and for you to learn more about the process of planning your gap experience.

hourly gap year counseling

Not sure if you're ready to commit to a gap year? We'll sit down and discuss your goals, interests, and budget and how a gap year potentially fits in with your college or career plans. You'll get your general questions answered and advice on health, safety, and other concerns depending on your needs.


This is the whole shebang - it includes unlimited consultation in order to match your vision and goals with a comprehensive plan for however long you have to spend. You'll get your own Adventure Guide, a uniquely tailored itinerary of personalized recommendations on activities, programs, internships, coursework, and other experiences. Each recommendation provided is fully vetted for safety, value, and personal results. Your Adventure Guide also includes travel advice and valuable insights from past gappers. You're supported throughout the entire planning process, from preparing any necessary program applications through deciding what to pack.

Read more about our signature offering here.


"My gap year changed my life." - Every Student Ever.

Applying for college, graduate school, a competitive scholarship, or famous fellowship? We've coached numerous students--whether they've applied for the world's most prestigious universities or highly regarded fellowships like the Fulbright, Boren Award, and Critical Language Scholarship. You'll get help reflecting upon, synthesizing, and articulating your experiences into solid essays that generate college acceptances and win scholarships. Interview prep is also included.  

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