Planet Gap Year's Founder, Paul Mahon, is an outspoken advocate of U.S students taking a year out before college to gain maturity, independence, and a broader world view. The skyrocketing cost of a college education in the U.S., combined with the fact that many 17-18 year olds are just not ready for college, has resulted in more students deferring college entrance. Increasingly, these motivated and industrious students work, volunteer, intern, study, learn a language, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. The benefits of a productive and well-planned year out are being touted by many college admissions offices across the country, as the best method to prepare incoming freshman for success in college and career.
A former financial aid counselor at Colorado State University, you can read more about him and the Co-Founder, on the site's About Us page.