A Transition of Self: How a Gap Year Experience Impacts Emerging Adults
thesisposted on 12.05.2021, 20:14 by Kimberly Johnson
The purpose of this study is primarily to educate and broaden the scope of research that explores the impact of taking a gap year for those who participate in programs, in the United States. My research is a qualitative case-study examination that involves semi-structured interviews with five, Happy Trails Institute gap program alumni. My research was approved by the IRB to work with human subjects. In addition to gap year impacts on personal growth, my research finds that participants were strongly impacted by their instructors and learning in an outdoor environment, which also facilitated a broadened sense of perspective.