How taking a 'gap year' between high school and college can improve your life

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    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 can help.

  • patjan Flower Mound, TX
    Nov. 5, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    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.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    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.

  • agg Burns, OR
    Nov. 4, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 4, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    I would say a 'gap' year can also help LDS missionaries...

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    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!