TBB Gap Year Programs Teach Higher Order Empathy – Thinking Beyond Borders

The third post in a 5-part series highlighting TBB’s impact on students. Come learn about how we develop higher order empathy!


Higher order empathy is not easy. It requires advanced self-awareness and metacognitive skills that must be intentionally developed. These are not simply academic pursuits. They require learning and engagement with the world that is personal, rooted in an examination of one’s assumptions and values. They come to the surface as emotions and perspectives about critical issues with real human consequence. By developing these capacities, TBB is preparing students to approach their higher ed and professional careers with the ability to synthesize information, work across disciplines, and innovate toward meaningful social impact.