The Gap Year: An idea with growing momentum
Some of the phrases above are questions that a graduating senior typically is asking themselves. Recently, an option known as the “gap year” has been presenting itself to students on their way to college. The idea is that, after completing their senior year of high school, students take two semesters off prior to beginning college. These semesters are then spent exploring and applying themselves in internships, working for pay, traveling, missions trips or classes specific to their interests.
This isn’t your typical no-plan slacker route. It’s a growing trend recommended by Ivy League schools:
“Dartmouth fully supports students taking a gap year to travel, work, or pursue other interests.” [Dartmouth.edu]
“So you’ll be joining the ranks of Yale undergrads… take advantage of this time to go abroad (a great idea!).” [Yale.edu]
“Harvard College encourages admitted students to defer enrollment for one year to travel, pursue a special project or activity, work, or spend time in another meaningful way.” [Harvard.edu]
Why are top-tier schools suggesting students take a gap year off?
Because they know that the drop-out rate is lower for students that take time to develop themselves. Students and parents alike are discovering that this extra time in between high school and college helps clarify passions which are the motivators behind selecting a major. An incoming college student who knows who he or she is will make a better decision on their education path, as most likely in future moral dilemmas as well.
Based on an article in TIME news:
“Bob Clagett, a former director of admissions at Middlebury College, says taking a gap year can help students gain a renewed focus on academics. “By stepping off the treadmill, they frequently remind themselves of what their education is all about,” he says. “They kind of reinvent themselves.”
“He’s done research to back up the claim. At Middlebury, students who took gap years were found to have higher GPAs than those who didn’t, even when controlling for things like wealth and high school achievement. A study at the University of North Carolina yielded similar results.”[Time.com]
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Revolution5 Leadership Institute believes that God intimately knows and loves these college and twenty-something students; and that He has a plan and purpose for their lives — to love God, love others and lead with purpose and persuasion in every sphere of society.
When a student attends Revolution5 Leadership Institute, they dig deep, are thoroughly inspired and challenged and come face to face with their creator, who is actively pursuing them.
What if you used your gap year opportunity to become the most spiritually, mentally, morally and ethically equipped leader you can be?
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