What is a Gap Year and Where Did It all Start?
Henry’s personal goals were to gain experience for work, be challenged as an individual and develop academic goals. After participating in a program designed for American Students at the Oxford University in London, England he spent under $10,000 and decided to pursue a career in becoming an Arabic translator. This example show how taking a gap year, students cultivate their future education plans as well as discover where their talent and interest are. College admissions offices are beginning to recognize the benefits that a gap year provides to students. Once a student is accepted at many university’s they can request a deferral, most are willing to approve these request if what the student is proposing is worthwhile. Middlebury College located in Vermont, show that students that take a gap year have a higher grade point average then those that do not. The positive attribute of taking the gap year lasted over the course of their program at the college. The baby boomer generation that are writing the tuition checks are now becoming more open about the gap year then there parents. Many feel that it makes sense for a student to explore their options prior to freshman year as they are less likely to change majors repeatedly and skip classes due to excessive partying. Recent data from the National Center for Education cites that only 35 percent of students graduate in four year, and a college consultant in Cape Code Brian R. Hopewell has