High School Students should take a year off (a gap year) before entering into university.
Gap Years are a beneficial produce with consistent results and adequate for students who undertake it.
Life after high school can be a very confusing time for many young adults. With so many possibilities out there it can be extremely overwhelming. Many simply aren’t ready to continue further studies. Which then makes them stop and ask themselves whether or not they are indeed ready for university and do they see themselves wanting to be there. This is where ‘‘Gap year’’ steps in, The idea of high school seniors taking a year off or taking a “gap year” before beginning college is becoming a more accepted option and for good reasons.
Caroline Bird states in her book “College Is A Waste of Time and Money”, that the “majority of nine million college students in United States are not in school because they want to be or because they want to learn. They are there because it has become the thing to do...(Bird 467)” Many students may jump into college without really even considering the choice their making. Caroline states that according to an astounding statistic almost half of American College freshman have either dropped out or will drop out before obtaining their degree. The question most frequently asked by parents and upcoming college students is why? There a few reasons to why this may be; firstly it could be that they are tired, stressed or are just tired from school and need a break not necessarily a break from learning. It’s true that a university degree is important but a student cannot accomplish this without motivation and a “gap year” education is surely a motivational tool; something that students cannot and will not get from their classroom, lecturer and books
Gap years when used productively can be an effective alternative to going straight university education especially for students who are unsure of what degree or career to pursue.
Taking time off...