According to the authors, taking a break before, during, or after college may be the most sure-fire way of enriching your education. Hall and Lieber--only one of whom actually took a breather in the midst of his 16-year educational marathon--have profiled more than thirty such students. One worked as a research assistant in the Amazonian rain forest; another did grass-roots organizing for Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign; still others found employment as soldiers, models, or missionaries. And even less glamorous gigs are likely to build your character, not to mention your resume.
From Library Journal
"If you could be doing anything you wanted right now, what would it be?" ask the authors of this timely introduction to temporary alternatives to college. Thirty-three students, some graduates, some still in school, tell of how they used time off from college?either before or during?to help build housing for the poor, teach disabled people how to ski, model for the jet set, fight in the Gulf War, and promote Arab-Jewish conflict resolution. They did it in their own communities or in faraway places like the Faroe Islands or Zimbabwe. For many, it was hard work; some faced realities they had never encountered before. In the process, however, they gained maturity and self-confidence. The authors, both recent graduates of Amherst College, do a laudable job of covering multiple options and shedding enlightenment on the subject from every angle. An excellent resources section gives the names of organizations to contact for further assistance. The youthful writing will appeal to college-bound adolescents. For public and college libraries.?Arla M. Lindgren, St. John's Univ., New York
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