The Guardian: Education: University 2007: Gap years: The world is your Mollusc: Should you take a gap year?
Alice Wignall has the pros and cons - and the questions to ask yourself!
Wignall, Alice. "Gap Years: The World Is Your Mollusc: Should You Take a Gap
Year?" InfoWeb.NewsBank.com, infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/news/
This relatively short article is about the basic questions, mindsets, and evolving views of both students and universities regarding the gap year and whether or not it is a helpful step for different students.
Alice Wignall has been writer for “The Guardian” since 2000, which is a British national daily newspaper.
5. Key Terms
Legitimate: In reference to the topic of gap years, many have questioned the “legitimacy” of the process-whether it really prepares students for college life and to what extent.
Practicality: When deciding to take a gap year or to continue directly to university, students must consider every aspect of their social, emotional, and financial lives in order to choose the most “practical” route.
6. Quotes (article does not have pages)
“Once upon a time, anyone suggesting they might take a year off before moving on to higher education would have been regarded as at best a fanciful misfit and at worst an eccentric layabout. But not any more.”
“But if you are going to take a gap year, you need two crucial things: a plan and a genuine desire to take one.”
“Most universities see gap years as legitimate: you won't scupper your chances by taking one, or not.”
This article, although short, is very helpful in getting to some of the major questions surrounding a students decision to take a gap year or not. It sheds light on many different variables involved in the decision, and how these choices are viewed by universities as well as society which will affect how I conduct further research on the topic.