patjan is certainly right. A year of slacking and playing video games would NOT
help prepare anybody for college. But if they put this year to good use... it
I would have to respectfully disagree with the premise that a gap year would be
good for most young adults. It may be advantageous for some, but I question that
it would help most of them. Young adults need something to keep them
responsible, busy, and working hard in order to grow into what they are capable
of becoming. The first inclination of many when they get their first taste of
"freedom" would be to sit back, take it easy, and coast down hill. Many
people remember their first year of college as a hard time, and a time when they
made mistakes about how to manage themselves properly. However, just being in a
college environment helps them to know that they should be working hard and most
quickly do a turnabout and determine that they will not repeat it. I believe
that the only "gap" that could be helpful would be something that would
demand hard work and be character building. It is so easy for them to slip down
a slippery slope.
Finally the benefit is becoming noticed but alas it will be discredited by
colleges and government alike. Young adults who delay college from 1-5 years
will be scorned because the colleges will loose money and head count fraud,
banks loose money with no loans, governemnt has an increased labor market with
no jobs causing unemployment numbers to sky rocket. Its in the best
interest of corporate government and indentured servitude to not allow them more
time to grow up and learn some independence and self sufficiency standards.In the 50' and 60's there was no question about a delayed
higher education, qualifications were strict and selectivity to provide the
higher education to those who could learn and benefit from it. In the 70's
delayed eduction was not a choice, immediate enrollments was the means to be a
draft dodger to avoid serving their country, Bill Clinton, Obama, etc., and you
see what it produced.Military service is a great means of enriching
the young lives before college, it teaches them discipline, character, self
confidence, characteristics to build a life they can choose. The waiting time
they learn what they want to become as adults and not hero worshipers.
So who pays for all the trips and then missions or college? Another example of
this generation freeloading off parents. How about spending a year working and
experiencing the real world and learning to be responsible.
My much younger step brothers which are Brits had gap years, and I wish all kids
had this opportunity to grow up before they head off to college. It is a great
way to really learn who you are. Not a bad idea before a mission too.... like
Patriot said. Up to that point, most kids live in very isolated and controlled
environments. In such conditions, it is hard to know what you don't know,
and what you want to do.
No question that the older you when you start college or any other meaningful
work the more likely you'll be to succeed. But my 'lost' frosh
college year primed me for later success. It would be shortsighted to tell any
young person to delay either college or mission in order to be more successful,
we all learn from our mistakes and problems and grow from them as well.
I would say a 'gap' year can also help LDS missionaries...
How about a gap 2 years... where you see other parts of the world, maybe learn a
new language, and focus on everyone but yourself for 2 years. And you learn
time management skills, and organizational skills, gain maturity, meet other
people and cultures, and provide service to everyone but yourself and learn that
you can do hard things? And learn that you don't have to do everything on
your own... there is something bigger than you out there to help you?Hey... sounds a lot like a Mission!