Should You Take a Gap Year Off Before College?
Young woman packing backpack.

Sometimes packing a backpack for a year off of school is the best thing a student can do to help their school and work careers.
Public domain photo by Petr Kratochvil.

Many students go directly from high school to college, while others take a year off before starting higher education. This idea is not right for everyone, but for some, taking a gap year can be a good idea.

There are many reasons that a student might decide to take a year off before college. These could include feeling burned-out on school. Students who have never left their hometown could also benefit from a year of travel before taking off to a strange city for college.

Young adults still trying to figure out a career path sometimes benefit from a year doing an internship. Not only can this give a student an idea if they really want to work in a given field, but the experience can also help build their resume.

Some parents believe that if a student wants to take a year off after secondary school, that they will not go on to college. Yet, this is not the case, although it does happen to some students. And, if the time is being spent well, the experiences can be rewarding, and can help lead to employment later in life.

Harvard and Princeton, among other prestigious schools, are now encouraging students to take a gap year during their educational careers.

You don’t want to have a student take a year off just to sit around the house. But, with the right experiences, a gap year can be highly productive and rewarding for a young person ready to start their college career.

Bobby Touran is the founder and CEO of ApplyKit. ApplyKit helps students manage their entire college application process and also provides key resources to help them excel every step of the way.