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More and more, college can wait

High school grads increasingly take ‘gap year’ for self-discovery, travel
Matt Mulligan traveled through Peru and visited the Inca ruins of Machu Pichu in October 2009. Mulligan graduated from Durango High School in 2009, then took a year off before college to ski in Colorado and travel through South America and Europe. He is now majoring in rhetoric and media studies and studio art at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. Students are taking time off before college at an increasing rate.
Ben Capelin kicked off his gap-year experience last fall with a two-week climbing expedition in British Columbia, including Bugaboo Spire. He then made his way down the Pacific Coast in a Nissan Maxima “stuffed to explosion with enough outdoor gear to outfit an army.”
Mulligan and a group of Germans get vertical at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, the world’s largest salt flat.
Ben Capelin takes the scenic route through a field of canola flowers on his way to work on an organic cattle ranch outside of Lumby, British Columbia. After graduating from Durango High School in May 2011, Capelin road tripped up to British Columbia where he started his gap year experience climbing, mountaineering, working on organic farms “and meeting the wackiest backwards BC folks you’ll ever meet,” he said. Capelin has since traveled down the Pacific Coast to Central America.
Matt Mulligan takes advantage of deep snow on Hogsback Mountain after a January 2010 storm. Mulligan graduated from Durango High School in 2009, then took a year off before college to ski in Colorado and travel through South America and Europe. He is now majoring in rhetoric and media studies and studio art at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

More and more, college can wait

Matt Mulligan traveled through Peru and visited the Inca ruins of Machu Pichu in October 2009. Mulligan graduated from Durango High School in 2009, then took a year off before college to ski in Colorado and travel through South America and Europe. He is now majoring in rhetoric and media studies and studio art at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. Students are taking time off before college at an increasing rate.
Ben Capelin kicked off his gap-year experience last fall with a two-week climbing expedition in British Columbia, including Bugaboo Spire. He then made his way down the Pacific Coast in a Nissan Maxima “stuffed to explosion with enough outdoor gear to outfit an army.”
Mulligan and a group of Germans get vertical at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, the world’s largest salt flat.
Ben Capelin takes the scenic route through a field of canola flowers on his way to work on an organic cattle ranch outside of Lumby, British Columbia. After graduating from Durango High School in May 2011, Capelin road tripped up to British Columbia where he started his gap year experience climbing, mountaineering, working on organic farms “and meeting the wackiest backwards BC folks you’ll ever meet,” he said. Capelin has since traveled down the Pacific Coast to Central America.
Matt Mulligan takes advantage of deep snow on Hogsback Mountain after a January 2010 storm. Mulligan graduated from Durango High School in 2009, then took a year off before college to ski in Colorado and travel through South America and Europe. He is now majoring in rhetoric and media studies and studio art at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.
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