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Five Benefits of a Gap Year Abroad

Finishing high school is a huge deal; it creates a clear divide between being a child and taking your first real steps towards adulthood. It's not surprising you might feel overwhelmed and unsure. You might find you want to take a year to yourself to figure some things out before going to college. There are dozens of reasons to take a gap year, but here are five big ones.

Education

When you're looking at the pros and cons of a gap year, you might be concerned that taking a year off will reflect badly on your academic record or make you less competitive when applying to college. This doesn't have to be the case. Many colleges will allow you to defer enrollment after you're accepted, if you know what college you want to attend but still want to take a gap year. Additionally, many gap year programs have volunteering options that look good on a college application, or even classes that will count as college credits.

Citizenship

Taking a gap year to volunteer for humanitarian causes isn't just about building your resume, however. It's also about improving yourself. It's about practicing good citizenship and doing something positive for the world before you settle down and figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. You may find that what you really want to do is do humanitarian work. Odds are you won't have really had a chance to do that in high school.

Language

In addition to learning something and potentially learning something about yourself, many gap year programs have a language component. Either you are learning a language as part of the program, or you're immersed in that language completely by traveling to another country. Learning a second language is always a useful skill, and may be a huge boon in college. Many colleges, after all, have language standards included in their general education requirements.

Travel

Right at the core of a gap year is an opportunity to travel, to see a little more of the world and broaden your horizons. This is important for several reasons: First off, it's an opportunity that you may not have again for a while. It's harder to travel while you're at school, and even harder when you graduate if you start working full time. Secondly, it's a chance to practice and reduce any anxiety you may have about potentially living away from home when you go to college. For many students, leaving for college is the first time they live away from home for any length of time. It may even be the first time you travel, period. Taking a gap year to travel is a chance to deal with that anxiety before you have to worry about classes.

Connections

A gap year is also a chance to meet people. Something you probably won't have learned in high school, but you will learn in college and later life, is that it often isn't what you know but who you know. Making human connections is essential to success no matter what your degree. Taking a gap year in a new place, with a new group of people, is a perfect chance to practice that skill. You will make friends from other countries because of your traveling. You can make friends with the people who run the program as well. Remember that many of these connections can be lifelong friends and allies.

Most importantly, taking a gap year will teach you something about yourself. You will learn what you are capable of, what you really enjoy doing and what circumstances help you to thrive. It's a chance to get out in the real world and see what it's like. Before you move onto the next stage of your life, it's worth taking a moment to assess. That's what taking a gap year is all about, in the end: finding the time and the space to think about who you are and what you want to be. 

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I also moved abroad during my college years in one year, but after that I had to write an introductory essay again. It was necessary to correctly apply for college education. It’s good that a friend suggested how to write it correctly, otherwise I would have flown. If you are also planning to go to college, then be sure to familiarize yourself with the college application tips and then you can easily enter any higher institution.

Thank you so much for the incredible article. Very useful tips. Last year I went to study in the United States. After the trip, I gained a lot of useful experience, which I hope I will need in further study. What I liked most was their culture of writing and grammar, although many students write essays for money on the site https://writemyessays-for-money.com/ . I also got a lot of language practice. Now I am free to communicate with foreigners, as well as write essays on any topic. I advise everyone to travel abroad and look for new friends to expand international borders.

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