A gap year is not a new concept, and as BBC Noted, the pandemic encouraged people to take some time off from school or work. Michael Consuelos, Mark Consuelos’ and Kelly Ripa’s eldest, graduated from New York University in 2020. Unfortunately, he was one of many students who had to endure the college experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time that changed education as we know it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven up inflation and graduating college students have struggled to find jobs and feel financially secure, so Kelly and her husband are financially supporting their children while the economy remains unstable . According to insiderOn an episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, Ripa discussed Michael’s struggle with finding work after graduation. She said, “I know Michael graduated in May of 2020 and had a writing job that vanished because the pandemic shut down production and it never came back.”
Due to the financial and career uncertainty of post-graduate students, Kelly and Mark give Michael a one-year deferment to spend some time doing what he really loves and wants to do, but he is told by his parents There are some expectations. “I told them, these are years you won’t get back and this is a time when you work – as long as you maintain a job for your add-ons, we will be able to support you financially.” I wouldn’t mind. I call them,” Ripa commented (per Insider).