What is a Gap Year and Where Did It all Start?

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Where did it all start? With school supplies in hand each year like the annual migration of birds, student return to school. With growing pressure placed on this generation over previous, creating a burnout in students and limiting the full potential that could be reached is a common concern. The studying, test and exams have finished yet students continue straight from high school to college. Have you ever wondered why you must be returning to school each year in a process that has been non-stop since you were 5 years old and when do I get a change? A gap year can provide that change, considered to be a break in education between high school and university . Students from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia have encouraged …show more content…

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


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