Semester Off is an innovative, group-based, educational enrichment program which has been changing the lives of 17-25 year-olds since 2015.
Friendship and Teamwork
Semester Off was initially crafted for college students taking a semester- or year-long leave of absence from college.
Based on our tremendous success helping the college student population, we have expanded our offerings to include students who are taking a gap year between high school and college and also to include older high school students during the summer between their junior and senior years of high school, as the prospect of college looms large in theirs and their families’ lives.
Drawing from Eastern and Western traditions and the most recent advances in mental health care, the Semester Off curriculum provides students with a supportive and challenging environment where they can pause, learn valuable skills, and begin mapping a new trajectory for their academic, social, and professional lives.
Serenity and Resilience
Through a comprehensive integration of academics, executive functioning skills development, career counseling, yoga, meditation, cardiovascular exercise, community service, and group team-building, we help students to feel more confident and ready to perform to their potential in a college setting while also feeling happier and calmer. We also help some of our students determine that going to college right away is not the right path for them.
Regardless of their precise next steps, our students learn deeply about themselves, practice new skills, develop resiliency, and emerge as better versions of themselves, all while having fun and making lifelong friends and memories!
Productivity and Maturity
We help our students learn and utilize organizational strategies which they then put to use while at Semester Off. Productivity improves, and, in profound ways, we often witness an improvement in distress tolerance and impulse control, as well as a heightened sense of responsibility and accountability to others. Simultaneously, their communication skills and sense of their own inner emotional lives deepens. The result is a student who is wiser, more mature, and more motivated to tackle the diverse challenges of adulthood.