If your mentee is taking a gap year, they may not be on a semester rhythm. That's why New Year's is a perfect time to check in and reflect. Here are some ideas for questions or conversations starters you can use this month to open important and timely topics with your mentee.
How are you feeling about returning to your program for the next few months?
How has it been to spend time with friends and family over the break?
What are your favorite memories from the first months of your gap year?
What are some things you have learned since graduating from high school? How do you think you have changed or grown since graduating from high school?
Do you have any goals/resolutions for the new year?
Are you nervous about anything for the new year?
Did you defer college admission before beginning your gap year program? If so, what is your plan for reconnecting with the school(s) you deferred?