Alternatives to college
Some GSA students choose not to apply to college as seniors, instead seeking other opportunities. Students who wish to pursue professions that don’t require a college degree—those who want to become boatbuilders or chefs, for instance, or police officers or skilled welders or carpenters or engine mechanics—are provided the same personalized guidance as they research and apply for appropriate training programs and job opportunities. GSA’s annual Independent Study and Internship Program (ISIP) gives all juniors and seniors the option to shadow working professionals in an area of personal interest, and often helps them chart the path to their own future careers. Students who plan to work after graduation can get help with writing a resume and preparing for job interviews, and should they decide sometime after graduation to apply to college, the same array of services is available to them as GSA alumni.