A Gap Year: Just Say No

3386 Words Jul 7th, 2018 14 Pages
You’re coming back from a well needed break from school and you feel invigorated and ready to start. The first few weeks are the hardest to adjust to because your brain hasn’t been used throughout the break. The dilemma with breaks, such as summer break, is that one loses valuable information from past academic courses that are essential to ones progress towards higher education. Imagine a whole year without learning and then coming back to intense rigorous classes at a University. Seniors at high schools over the nation have the opportunity of taking a year off before committing to a college. This is known as a Gap Year; instead of directly enrolling into a University many students feel the need to take a break before …show more content…
In an interview with Mrs. Darcy, a psychology teacher, she explained the negative side effects for taking a Gap Year. In the interview she described some psychological issues that would occur if taking a Gap Year, such as, “When in school or an academic surrounding you’re constantly developing at the same rate. When you return back to school after a Gap Year your brain is prune.” she also explained “Cognitive issues would be that your brain is pruning. Pruning means that your brain takes stock of what you use and what you don’t use. When taking a Gap Year your brain continues developing in what you use and what you don’t use. This limits neural connections if you don’t continue learning and using all your skills” (Darcy). A Gap Year can be fatal if not used wisely. Going a year without math, reading, and science and coming back to school whereas everyone else’s brains are more focused on academics than someone who took a resting year. Mrs. Darcy’s point was that since the brain is still developing it is important to continue ones school and challenge one's brain, so that it maintains using all skills. The loss of momentum in education is proven to be shown with loss of study skills, lower grades, and less attentiveness. In a Journal called “Gap Year Takers: Uptake, Trends, and Long Term Outcomes.” by Claire Crawford and Jonathan Cribb, members of the Department of Education, explain how a Gap Year

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