Have you thought about taking a gap year?

 

Posted by Ryan DeVito on 12 June 2018

Gap year experiences are becoming increasingly popular among college-bound students. There are pros and cons to taking a year off between high school and college, but the experience can be a perfect opportunity for personal growth. Have you thought about taking a gap year?

Check out this article by college admissions expert Lee Bierer. Bierer offers a variety of reasons for students to consider a gap year. First and foremost, gap years should be considered by any student who may want to take a break from the academic treadmill and recharge before starting college. Students should not merely 'take a year off,' though. Gap years should be used for personal growth and potential resume building. Students should look in to designated gap year programs, or consider taking on a full-time job. Other options include travel and missions work.

Personally, I wish that I would have taken a gap year. College can be grueling, and having a year to recharge and refocus would have been an opportunity for me to discover what I was most passionate about before launching into the academic grind. Elite schools like Harvard encourage admitted students to pursue gap year experiences. If it's good for a future Harvard student, it's good enough for me - right? Gap years are no longer for the misguided or academically languid. Top students are increasingly taking a year off and returning to academia miles ahead of their peers. My advice: don't be afraid to buck convention and challenge yourself with new experiences.

Are you thinking about taking a gap year? We would love to hear your comments below.

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