The purpose of my final research paper was to explore the effects of taking a gap year on an individual level as well as on the entire student body-ranging from affluent students to low-income students. Furthermore, I examined the effects of privatization on the gap year industry, and how it may play into further stratification among students. I read various case studies that focused on the ideas of identity work, cultural capital, gap year programs/organization and enrollment trends, as well as general information about the topic. I was then able to compile all of my finding in which I came to the conclusion that the gap year has become yet another source for greater stratification among middle and lower-class students. Furthermore, growing privatization has made the gap year an opportunity that only lends its benefits to those who can afford it.
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