Daehee (David) Lee
December 10th, 2012
Argumentative Essay draft 2
Should Students Take a “Gap Year” Between High School and College?
In “Gap Years: What Is A Gap Year Before College (And Should You Take One)?” Tricia Taormina states that taking a “gap year” helps students plan more specific academic goals, stimulate their passion for learning, and aid them to get a better ideas about what they want to study. According to the article, a gap year means, “a year or semester students take off before enrolling in college.” In the United States, it is optional to take a gap year for every high school graduate. However, I do not agree with Taormina's point that taking a year off before college is helpful for high school graduates.
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Finally, taking a gap year before starting college delays the student's college graduation. In the article, Jason Sarouhan, who is working on a gap year consulting organization as a counselor, claims that young people can learn how to be independent and be empowered by taking gap years. I agree that taking a gap year help students to be more independent and empowered. However, I do not think those benefits from taking a gap year are directly related with planning the students’ academic goals. In other words, although students who took gap years are more likely to become independent, it is not guaranteed that they will have a strong mind set of planning a successful college life. Moreover, taking a gap year is a waste of time if the student spends their time doing meaningless activities such as; playing games at home, watching TV, and sleeping with an irregular schedule. Even though the student anticipates on having the gap year be productive, if the student lacks strong self-control or motivation, it results in wasted time. Consequently, students taking a gap year between high school and college lead them into delayed college graduation. In conclusion, it is definitely not an easy decision to take a year off before entering college. It also has several risks. It could