School has just ended, you threw your cap in the air, and got your high school diploma. Congratulations! You have completed a major step in your life. Now what though? Do you go to college immediately? Do you just hang out for awhile? For some people, the answer to these questions is the gap year.
Ah, the highly controversial gap year. Students can choose to have a year of free time before college. The possibilities are endless what you could do in that time. You could find a job and work, or travel around the world. Many students use this time to future progress in their academics by taking advanced courses. Occasionally gap years are urged to help build responsibility and preparedness for college life.
Taking a break from education is nice for some people, but others might disagree. You might find you get distracted from your goals in the long run and find yourself unmotivated when you return to college. Most teachers I have talked to have strongly advised against a gap year. In fact, every teacher I have talked to has advised me against it.
Overall, the choice is yours. Do what you feel is best and will help you in the long run. But’s it’s always comforting to know that you have options.