Gap Year Before College

The notion of what a gap year involves is a tempting one, especially upon finishing secondary school; after over two thousand hours of class time, standardized testing, and extracurricular activities the prospect of beginning a lengthy rigorous university career can seem exhausting and leaving students feeling burnt-out. This is why U.S. students should adopt the custom of taking a gap or bridge year before college, involving six to twelve months of travel or experimental programs; research shows that those who take time off are more motivated to complete a degree.
When thought of the ‘typical’ gap year may consist of a long break backpacking across exotic locations, lazing about on beaches, and partying through the night; though the opportunity to do many other things could be equally and more so beneficial, such as traveling, learning a new language, performing religious services and career internships. Studies done has shown that taking a gap year can improve a returning student’s grade point averages, help determine academic majors, and lead to higher satisfaction with future careers; also “gappers” have reported these breaks helped them to gain a better sense of themselves and the outside world (AGA). The lists of academic and personal benefits could go on and on, but gap years
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Gap years also don’t have to be between secondary school and college, but can be during a student’s educational career; most students end up taking a gap year before or during their senior year at a university. Though this again would delay a student’s graduation date, it could be more so beneficial to do it at this time since most colleges will give credits for certain activities or programs that are

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