My older son is about a month into his freshman year at college, and like most of his classmates, is adjusting to new roommates, classes, and doing his own laundry.
But not all his friends are engrossed in campus life. One is doing volunteer work in South America. Another is preparing to go to Israel.
They’re taking gap years, a break between high school and college that traditionally begins in the fall. There are no national statistics on the number of students taking gap years, but there’s no question the idea — and the number of companies offering gap year programs — is growing in popularity. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.