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Should Students Take A Gap Year Before College?

The College Investor

Gap year, a break between high school and college, allows exploration and self-discovery. Common globally, less than 5% of U.S. students opt for it. Gap Year Association reports higher GPA for gap year students. Gap year involves pursuing non-academic interests, often leading to personal growth, renewed academic motivation, career elevation, and global perspective. Drawbacks include potential high expenses, loss of academic momentum, and societal pressures. However, gap year can enhance college admission chances if well-structured. Decision depends on individual circumstances and goals, requiring thorough planning and budgeting.

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