Being halfway through the school year, seniors are starting to get acceptance letters to college. Whether then news is good or bad, seniors can all agree that college causes stress. This raises the question, do students need a break? Although many Duxbury High School seniors are planning to go to college next year, a few are thinking about taking a gap year.
A gap year, is a year that students take off after graduating high school and before going to college. Some students just want a break to clear their head, because college can be daunting. It can be a big change, and while we are only about halfway through the year, college is quickly approaching.
Senior Thomas C. says, “I’ve been thinking about taking a gap year, but its still up in the air at this point. I feel like it might be beneficial for me, there are times when I feel pretty worn out and a gap year might help with that.” Those in favor of gap years may see them as in opportunity to regroup themselves and better prepare them for college. Some however, may see them as a bad idea.
People might think that those who take a gap year are just lying around at home, but often, students partake in finding jobs and make the most of their gap year. Senior Nicole N. says, “I want to take a gap year to think about what I really want to do…I just want to go to work and earn some money for myself while I figure things out.”
Those who are thinking about taking next tear off are uncertain about their future. “If you really don’t know where you want to go or what you want to do then taking a gap year is probably a safe choice,” says Senior Nicole N. Similarly, Senior Thomas C. says “I think that they can definitely be beneficial to those like me who night feel worn out from time to time…But for people who have the energy to go straight to college, they should definitely do so”. Whether you choose to take on or not, many can agree that a gap year provides a worthwhile break from the stress of school.