The Benefits Of Postecondary Education

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Can a break between high school and college for students benefit or hinder their pursuit of postsecondary education? As the world starts to change, high school graduates are starting to take different paths to be successful. These adventurous students are breaking the tradition of going straight to college after high school to start experiencing the world for what is it. According to Today Magazine, Danielle Wood states that “a growing number of high school seniors are balking at riding the academic conveyer belt from preschool all the way to university” (1). This year away from academics after completing high school is the definition of a gap year. In the past, the idea of a gap year would not have even been an option for high school graduates. The term gap year evokes many negative ideas. Most think of a gap year as a way to tell parents or peers that they do not want to go to a university; others think of…show more content…
During the time we live in now, more and more students are getting into colleges and pursuing higher level education. The way society and the economy is set up, its telling that you can’t handle the cost of living without some type of postsecondary education, which also is making it harder for people to find jobs and enjoy the same luxuries in life as someone who did attend a university and graduated with a degree. The real question we should be asking is if the United States uses the same custom as the United Kingdom, where students take a year off between high school and college, will they strive and benefit from the time they have off or will the time these students take off diminish their chances of becoming successful in the society we live in today? To even begin on deciding if a gap year will be beneficial to a graduate or not, we must first understand what a gap year
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