Gap semesters, gap years, and even longer college deferments can, for the right students, be very important, if not essential. Peak Time experiences are unique and potentially transformational approaches to this time before college. For students whose particular challenges lead them to choose a pre-college gap, Peak Time experiences are often at least four to five months long, with students benefiting from getting right to work on their areas of vulnerability, focusing on their passions, and beginning to acquire Six Transformational Skills. If your gap year plans include travel or social service, a Peak Time experience beforehand may broaden and deepen your understanding of the experiences ahead while expanding your abilities to direct yourself and succeed in it.