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University: Guangdong University of Technology
When it comes to whether young graduates should be inspired to take a gap year instead of going to college immediately, from my perspective, its benefit may outweigh drawbacks.
It is undeniable that taking a gap year will bring young students advantages. First and foremost, it will help students to have a broader career path. Since the young go to work before they enter university, they can gain a large amount of working experience.
Therefore, compared with their peers, these young people will have a better chance of being hired successfully.
Moreover, such a year can help high school graduates to figure out the most suitable job for themselves. On condition that they can seek information or a part-time job that related to the major of interest in the period of gap, as well as touch some professional field in advance, they will have a clearer mind to determine what they want to do in the future. Besides, Having a year to travel enable young people to obtain international options. It’s not rare to see that students who traveled in gap year always have a broader view of the world, since traveling around allow them to expose to variety of culture, which is beneficial for them to adapt to new study life in university.
However, the downsides of taking a gap year can not be underestimated. To start with, having a year not to go to school may be unaffordable. Since the bill of transportation, housing, and daily consumption will be created when traveling, it is too expensive for a student who has no income. Additionally, getting such a year will make the young lag behind their peers. On account of having no study work for a year, it may make them lose their motivation to keep working hard in college. Consequently, they will fail to pass the exam or get bad grades.