Should Teens In The U.S. Take One?
What Is A Gap Year?
Reasons to take a gap year
Students might take a gap year if they didn't get into the college they wanted, or if they didn't get the grades they wanted. "I think having to take an extra year to work harder for my grades made me value college more, because I knew I really had to work for it," said Kelly Schmidt. Some colleges even encourage taking a gap year.
Students take time from their gap year to find out more about themselves and what they are interested in, or maybe they just want to travel before they're stuck in college for four years. Either way, 60% of students who took gap years said that it helped them figure out what they wanted to study.
Some experiences that students earn by volunteering during their gap year are wanted by employers. 88% of gap year students believe the gap year added to their employability.
“The experience really opened my mind to a lot of new things. I can tell you that was the best decision I ever made.” -Gretchen Walker
Benefits of taking a gap year
- Going back to school, the gap year students are more mature, more independent, and more appreciative of their education than students who didn't take a gap year.
- Students can get used to living on their own during their gap year, so moving into a dorm isn't as hard. In fact 30% of gap year students travel alone.
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