Essay about The Gap Between High School And College

1049 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Missing the Year is Missing Out: Go for the Gap 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes, 31536000 seconds: a lot can happen in a year. It is amazing that even though humans only have, on average, about 78 years to live, we still spend the first five years at home as babies, the next thirteen in required schooling, and are then expected to continue with at least two-to-four years of college, which is followed by years of graduate school. A gap year between high school and college has proven to be extremely beneficial to the students that have taken this opportunity and should be completed by more students. By taking a gap year, students are allowed to travel and reach a better understanding of the world around them. In a survey of students who had taken a gap year documented by Lucy Paterson-Brown, 65 of the 77 students interviewed (82.3%) “used this year to travel abroad with 47 (59.5%) undertaking some volunteer work.” One of these “gappers” is quoted as saying “‘I definitely that I would have dropped out of medical school if I hadn’t had time to have fun and travel’” (Paterson-Brown). In the society that most people live in today, it is not just a pleasure to travel, but it is also an important part of growing up. Humans are constantly taught that the most important thing in the world is “me,” and without an opportunity to travel, this will continue to be a person’s one and only focus. Once a person is allowed to travel and see the world outside…

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