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An increasing number of students choose to spend time away from school to live abroad or gain some other meaningful experience before attending college. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this choice?

The majority of students start their degree in the same year as finishing school or college. Some students, however, choose to take a year out before starting university. In my opinion, this is a very good idea if the time is used wisely in order to gain new skills or knowledge. In the following essay, I will discuss this idea further.
It is very important that, when a gap year is taken, the time is not wasted but used productively. It would not look very impressive to a future employer if the time was simply used to take a break. This does not mean to say that a gap year should not be enjoyed.
Many people choose to go travelling during their gap year. This can be very beneficial to the individual as it exposes them to new ideas and cultures. It can also mean that they are able to learn a new language. Other students decide to gain work experience during this year. This can be particularly useful, especially if connected to their chosen area of study. Often, students who have worked before attending university appreciate their course more, as they are able to understand the relevance of what is being taught.
Overall, therefore, as discussed in this essay, there can be several benefits to taking a gap year. It is very important, however, that this time is used wisely and not wasted. This means that the year needs to be planned carefully in advance to get the most from the experience.
The majority of
students
start
their degree in the same year as finishing school or college.
Some
students
,
however
, choose to take a year out
before
starting university. In my opinion, this is a very
good
idea if the time is used
wisely
in order to gain new
skills
or knowledge. In the following essay, I will discuss this idea
further
.

It is very
important
that, when a gap year
is taken
, the time is not wasted
but
used
productively
. It would not look very impressive to a future employer if the time was
simply
used to take a break. This does not mean to say that a gap year should not
be enjoyed
.

Many
people
choose to go travelling during their gap year. This can be very beneficial to the individual as it exposes them to new ideas and cultures. It can
also
mean that they are able to learn a new language. Other
students
decide to gain work experience during this year. This can be
particularly
useful,
especially
if connected to their chosen area of study.
Often
,
students
who have worked
before
attending university appreciate their course more, as they are able to understand the relevance of what is
being taught
.

Overall
,
therefore
, as discussed in this essay, there can be several benefits to taking a gap year. It is very
important
,
however
, that this time is used
wisely
and not wasted. This means that the year needs to
be planned
carefully
in advance to
get
the most from the experience.

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