Gap Year: Good/Bad

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Gap before higher education. Good or Bad?

Not every student graduating from high school wants to go to college. Some decide to directly enrol into college or university, while the others opt for a gap of a year prior to enrolling in higher education. The time period between high school graduation and arrival at college can be the result of several factors, including deferred admission at a student's college of choice or purposely taking a gap year to prepare for the next step of formal education. The argument arises when the students prefer taking gap to explore the world & to find some field they are interested in and when the parents worry about their children getting off track regarding higher education. Traditionally gap years are seen as time out to travel between school and university, to learn life experiences and broaden horizons.
It is not unusual for a student to hesitate to pack bags before heading off to college right away. They might want to take a year off before going to college. Taking a gap year is also linked to higher motivation in college. While many students take a year off to earn money for tuition, programs involving international travel or service work are more common among affluent students or those from competitive high schools, where pressure to get good grades and gain admission to a leading college is most intense. Burnout from the competitive pressure of high school and a desire "to find out more about themselves," are the top two reasons students take gap years. Many competitive colleges and universities encourage applicants to pursue a gap year option after graduating from high school. The colleges believe that students who come to higher education with an extra year of life experience bring valuable perspective to the classroom. Real world life experience gives gap year students a greater sense of personal direction and specific…...

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