High School Students Should Be Mandatory Essays

1146 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Argumentative Essay

Congrats high school graduate! You have just completed twelve taxing years of schooling. Now you have to spend many more demanding years getting an education. Or do you? Many high school graduates all over the nation are making the decision to take a gap year before attending college. During this time students can use this year to go on an exhilarating trip around the world, find themselves through helping others, or gain some extra cash to pay for school by working. For these reasons and many more, high school students should be required to take a gap year between high school and college.

An article on U. S. news disclosed that, “Research shows students who take a gap year between high school and college do better once they get into school. For example I have a cousin who decided to take a gap year to travel and live in China for a couple months after high school. Because of her decision she knew that she wanted to learn the language more in depth when she started college that year. While in China she taught English and found that she loved teaching and is now a phenomenal kindergarten teacher. All of this because of the great learning experience one can achieve while taking a gap year. There are many reasons why students would take a gap year, but education policy experts say that, “Burnout is one of the top reasons students take a break, according to an independent study of 280 gap-year participants.”

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