Far from the typical gap year track, mine incorporated travel, meticulous planning, professional internships, academics and spiritual retreats. I funded and organized it almost entirely by myself, including every internship, travel plan and housing situation. Now What? will show you the answers that you want and need about how to compose your answer to Now what? This is an inside look at the methodology, turn-by-turn adventures, honest reflection and personal anecdotes that will leave students and their parents with the vital life lessons that can be learned outside of the lecture hall.
After my gap year was featured in multiple national publications, it became clear that my gap year itself wasn’t what struck the nerve of the nation. Rather, it was an underlying realization that tiger moms and trophies weren’t making our kids happier, more academically inclined, or certain of their professional choices. And there I was at the heart of it all: the Ivy League reject that found all three, on her own homemade game plan. Perhaps I had found an answer.
To understand ourselves, our career goals, what we stand for, what we can contribute to the world, and which college is the right place to begin the next step of our journey?
This is about experiencing an Ivy League, world class education.
Until now, the resource to explain it all didn’t exist. Now it does.
Find your answers to Now What?
Monika Lutz redefined the gap year to include professional, academic and personal pursuits in addition to travel. She is passionate about sharing her internship and travel experience with students and encouraging them to pursue their unique ambitions before following the beaten path. Monika is currently working towards an undergraduate degree in government with a double minor in Mandarin Chinese and general management from Harvard University Extension School where she is the first female vice president of The Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) and an elected board member for the prestigious Harvard Cooperative Society.
Monika attended high school in Boulder, Colorado where she was the Head Girl (student body co-president), a varsity lacrosse player, a National Honor Society club executive and earned her International Baccalaureate Degree with a perfect score in economics. Monika has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fox News and Glamour. Her own writing has been published in USA Today, The Colorado Daily, Pink Pangea and many more.