The gap year used to be a common enough choice for high school graduates, especially baby boomers. The idea was to take a year in between high school and college to travel, work or otherwise get a taste of the real world before arriving on campus.
Since then, the gap year has largely died out in the mainstream – until now. In a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, nearly half of high school students graduating in 2020 say their plans have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of those, about a third say they will now delay their entrance into college, and almost a fifth have decided to pursue a different career path.
While the circumstances are less than ideal, studies indicate that students who take a gap year actually perform better academically when they return to school. If you’re looking to make the most of your gap … Read the rest