Excited about college but not quite ready to start?
Each year, students across America are choosing to postpone their traditional academic plans and participate in a gap year experience. A life-changing gap year experience can be the answer for a teen who asks, "What should I do after high school?"
Parents, teens, and educators can't say enough about the benefits of taking a gap year before college.
While there are many compelling reasons to take a gap year, one of the most common is the opportunity for students to explore their interests and develop a purpose for their future.
What is a Gap Year?
An increasingly popular option, it provides time for traveling, volunteering, learning a new language, or experiencing any number of other activities for personal growth. Typically, students take a gap year after graduating from high school and before attending college.
Why Take a Gap Year?
Students who have completed a gap year are often revitalized for their return to the academic world the following year. According to David Hawkins, director of public policy and research at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, taking a gap year …could actually help students succeed in college, since participants may be more focused, mature, and motivated for their undergraduate experience.