Gap Year Pros And Cons

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A gap year is a period of time, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between secondary school and higher education (google definition/translation). Choosing whether or not to take a year off from school can create or change the path for someone’s future. With that in mind, it is important for people to know what path to take and the consequences that come with each decision, and how those decisions can alter their future. Many articles have been written about the pros and cons of taking a gap year, in some cases studies have even been performed to try and validate whether or not a gap year is a good idea. A gap year is a bad route for students to take and consider for numerous reasons. One way being the loss of social stature …show more content…
You can easily lose momentum. Skills you had, such as essay writing, and knowledge you learned through your courses may be forgotten, making the transition back to school difficult (Jan. N). A smaller example of that loss of motivation is summer break, being lazy or even sometimes productive in out of school activities, still decreases motivation towards going back to school. That is a very real threat when taking a gap year, possibly attaining a bad to ok job that allows a lot of time, makes some people more probable to stay unenrolled and unmotivated in college, just for having the slight freedom from college. Another possibility of the gap yea is the actual discovery of better option that makes college the worse trade off, however in the long run could fail or run out and leave you regretting losing the motivation towards college. In some cases, even going back to college with low motivation, after the gap year, makes the experience horrible. It can spiral your returning to college into one term of bad grades that then continue the deteriorating motivation. Having to study, test, and pay attention with little to no motivation would ruin your time on campus as well as your grades and your perception of college. Motivation is one of, if not the biggest, parts of being successful in life, and college. Being motivated to succeed and wanting to learn and do the best is a major part among any part of life. So with the loss of motivation associated with gap years, it is a very important threat and possibility to take in mind before deciding on a gap year or continuing

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