Category: Gap Years
What to Consider When Contemplating a Gap Year
From Malia Obama to Yara Shahidi, a multitude of celebrities have opted to take some time off before pursuing their college degree. But how can students determine if a gap year is really the right decision for them?
Is a Gap Year the Right Decision For Your Goals and Needs?
There’s a reason why celebrities like Malia Obama and Yara Shahidi opt to take some time off before enrolling in college: taking a gap year can have some serious benefits. In addition to being able to recharge before the demands of university life, studies have found that students who take a gap year have higher retention and graduation rates than their peers who go straight to college.
Gap years have been growing in popularity in the US for some time now, but with the announcement that First Daughter Malia Obama will take a year off before attending Harvard with the Class of 2021, there’s a revived interest in gap years and their benefits.
A common concern among newly matriculated college students is that the rapid transition from high school to college life can be disorienting, jarring, and counterintuitive to the idea that college is the gateway to the “Real World.” After all, most high school students haven’t had the chance to explore all of the major and career options available to them because they’ve been busy, well, being high school students.