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A Gap Year Produces a More Prepared Student

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Montana Lee, a Duke University student, took a gap year after high school burnout, working at a farm and in Europe, gaining maturity and broadening her perspective. Duke’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Christoph Guttentag, encourages this, believing it prepares students for university rigors. Duke’s Gap Year Program, funded by the Lauder Family Fund, offers up to $15,000 for gap year activities, promoting accessibility and inclusivity. Despite concerns about losing academic momentum, gap years are seen as beneficial for self-awareness and college preparedness.

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