The Benefits of The Gap Year Essay

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The traditional education ladder from prekindergarten to college in the United States of America is now changing and there is a new spin on planning one’s future. Danielle Woods, a writer for Today MSNBC, stated that, “A growing number of high school seniors are balking at riding the academic conveyer belt from preschool all the way to the university. They’re burnt out. Or not quite ready. Or they want to explore a few interests before deciding what to study in college” (Woods). The time off she is referring to is Gap Year, an amount of time from six months to two or three years to experience life. A Gap Year can be seen as traveling time, participating in Gap Year programs, volunteer work, or simply working to save for college. Gap…show more content…
As Woods says, “Better-prepared students mean higher completion rates” (Wood). Another opportunity is when a young graduate is not accepted into college. These students normally did not do very well throughout grade school. Gap Year, “opportunities could actually help students succeed in college,” as Jeffrey MacDonald, a writer for USA Today, explained that Gap Year is indeed a respectable choice (Macdonald.) “A gap offers a second chance…to show solid performance, through an academic program abroad or some other curriculum-based program,” to help assist ones acceptance into a college as Wood explained (Wood). Hence, Gap Year give one skill to enter a college with hopes to succeed. In addition to the previous reasons for Gap Year, the time is also great for adapting life experience and skills. In professor, Tom Stehlik’s opinion Gap Year has many effects on the ‘gapper:’ “…acquiring ‘soft skills’ needed in the modern world of work (e. g. communications, organizational, team-working skills, etc.); self-development and personal enrichment; shaping social values and a sense of community spirit; adapting better to university life, less likely to drop out; and becoming more attractive to employers, improving ‘employability’” (T. Stehlik 366). With acquired skills one is more likely to have a well-rounded lifestyle and more capable to reach life goals. These skills consist

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