In the end graduating early is worth it. Yes, you miss out on some experiences you may of had as a senior the following year but you get more valuable ones instead. You begin a new life and a fresh start. During high school everyone just complains about how badly they want to graduate and leave their high school life behind and as a early graduate; you get to accomplish that. It’s a little sad to know you’re finally getting that chance to leave.
Universities usually accept people right out of high school. You will have less of a chance to get accepted by taking the following year off prior to graduating. You could possibly be wasting your time by taking the year off. By the end of your gap year you could still be unsure with what path you want to take for your studies and career. This is also a reason people doubt The Gap Year.
Many will take a gap year to learn new things through personal experience and not in an academic setting. When students graduate high school, they should consider choosing to go to college right away instead of waiting around doing nothing to help get an education for their future. Over the years the student decided to take off, their learning process will not be the same. Everything that they had learned in high school may start to be forgotten. Trying to relearn all of that will be harder because these students have not seen the material in a while and will have to relearn it all again.
In an essay by Harley Tong, high school is portrayed as “a waste of time and a struggle to remain interested in schoolwork.” He continues to describe his own experiences and how they led him to begin his college career two years earlier than most students. He complains of the way that he was physically and verbally abused by other students, which is the case in many high schools. High school is not only a cognitive learning environment; it is also a social learning environment. Students learn how to communicate with fellow pupils, teachers and administrators. They find out how to come independent from their parents and how to prepare for the rest of their lives.
The negatives of taking the gap year include friends being ahead of others in colleges, a student may have to attend a community college before they could get into a university, or you could just be wasting your time (Why Take a Gap Year). When students graduate high school they usually plan on going to college the following year and by taking a gap year they might be the odd ones out because they would be a year behind their graduation class. Universities usually accept people right out of high school. They would have less of a chance to get accepted by taking the following year off prior to graduating. A student could possibly be wasting their time by taking the year off.
About 1 million students do not make their way to graduation (Koenig). Dropping out of high school will inhibit any students ability to go onto college. Studies show that if a student were to drop out of high school, the crime rate will be higher(Kokemuller). According to professional statistics, in 2010, the percentage of high school dropouts was at a high of seven percent (Henry). At age sixteen, if a student were to drop out of high school, this student would need a parent to sign for them, and there are many parents who also believe children need an education.
The traditional education ladder from prekindergarten to college in the United States of America is now changing and there is a new spin on planning one’s future. Danielle Woods, a writer for Today MSNBC, stated that, “A growing number of high school seniors are balking at riding the academic conveyer belt from preschool all the way to the university. They’re burnt out. Or not quite ready. Or they want to explore a few interests before deciding what to study in college” (Woods).
However, students are dropping out of college because they will likely run into a casual chain of events that give them every reason in the world to dropout. Starting with the wrong choice of college and relying on their families, then, leading to stressful financial situations and lack of support from the school; It can be even worse for first generation students to deal with. Finally, if those factors have not caught up to a student, then the lack of course material that interest a student may be the final
Since they have been in school for thirteen years, students are thinking of some “me” time after graduation. They are not ready to settle down in a serious academic environment. My oldest daughter graduated from high school in the spring of 2009 then attended her first semester of college the following fall. She dropped out after her first semester because college was harder than she thought. She was working part-time in addition to going to school full time.
Every high school senior asks themselves a very important question: should I take a year off before I go to college? Gap years are becoming a very popular option for students who want to see what life is on their own before they go off to college. Even though they can be beneficial to some students, they come with more disadvantages than advantages. High school seniors should not take gap years because they distract students, cause students to lose skills learned in high school, and cost lots of money. One major reason why people should not take gap years is because people may find living in the “real world” more enjoyable than going to school.