As we begin the new decade, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect on the past decade’s trends in education. What are we doing as a society to prepare students to live meaningful lives? Are we equipping students to become responsible, caring and active citizens? Will they be ready to face novel
Global Gap Year Alumna, Corey Schmolka, reflects on how her experience with Thinking Beyond Borders impacted her college transition and first semester at Bowdoin College: “What is going on?” This was one of my most asked questions throughout TBB. My journey with Thinking Beyond Borders was completely unlike anything I had ever done before.
If you missed the first blogs in this series covering TBB’s three core academic curriculums, we encourage you to read them first: #1 Environmental Sustainability #2 Education #3 Public Health The final post in this series will cover TBB’s sub-curriculum on identity development, called “Who am I?” Departing from the pattern of inquiry surrounding a
If you missed the first blogs of our series, Behind the Scenes of TBB Curriculum, we encourage you to go back and read them both: #1 Environmental Sustainability #2 Education We will now explore Thinking Beyond Borders’ third curricular unit on Public Health. TBB’s Global Gap Year Program is the only program which offers this
The Value of TBB By: Marion Herring (TBB Parent Alumni for Global Gap Year 19-20) Molly grew up as an incredibly independent and driven child. She was always determined to make her own way, and she defined this way with her own conscience and ideals. She aggressively competed in the classroom, on the volleyball
If you missed the first blog of our series, Behind the Scenes of TBB Curriculum, we encourage you to go back and read it here. We will now explore the second unit in Thinking Beyond Borders’ curriculum, the Education Unit. While structured similarly to other TBB curriculums, this unit stands out to many students who
A Gap Year… What is it? Who takes them? How do you find the right program to fit your needs and goals? What should you expect out of a gap year? What are the right questions to ask perspective programs? Thinking Beyond Borders’ Director of Outreach, Isaac Galef-Brown, shares the tips and tricks to learn
Thinking Beyond Borders curriculum offers units on three different areas of study throughout our gap year programs: Education, Public Health and the Environment. The breadth of these subjects means that every single human being on earth will interact with them in some way over their lifetime, but that breadth also means they are vehicles through
At Thinking Beyond Borders, we’ve spent 12 years cultivating rigorous learning environments that push our students to engage with the world and ourselves in new ways. That space was originally created outside of formal education because it is our belief that a truly student-centered learning experience cannot be detached or isolated from the real world.
“What do universities think about taking a gap year?” I routinely hear this question when speaking with students, parents, guidance counselors and advisors alike. The question reflects an underlying sense of nervousness which many people feel about stepping off of the “conveyor belt” approach to education, in which students progress directly and immediately from one