Learn 1Emily LearnEnglish 101Professor Erika S.6 November, 2018The Amazing Opportunity of the Gap YearIntroduction: As students close on their senior year of high school and begin to fill out the endless college applications, they may begin to feel as if this is not the right choice for them. Thirteen years of schooling may result in the students feelings burnt out and tired of the studying, lectures,and exams. However, there is an opportunity that students should be taking to break free from the stress of four more years of schooling, which allows them to volunteer, travel, or make money. This opportunity is call the gap year, which is gaining more traction among young adults in our society. After I graduated from high school, I took a gap year that involved a missions trip and work; it completely changed my life. The gap year is an amazing opportunity for young adults that should be utilized because of the support that colleges can provide to students who areinterested, the experiences that it brings, and what it produces in the people who pursue it.Refutation:I.One of the greatest lies that people believe about the gap year is that it will lead someone to fall behind. People will argue that by taking one year to work on oneself, the person will be stepping outside of the norm that was created by society. When in fact, the “expected” choice from society is not always the best.A.People, mainly parents, believe that the students who take a gap year will not want to return to college.1.Ben Harder in his article, “The Credibility in Your Gap Year,” writes that parents are afraid that the students will listen to the “siren song” of the world and will not want to come back after. Meaning that they will love
Learn 2the freedom from schooling and responsibilities, never to return back (Harder 98-99).2.In reality however, Max Kutner in his article, “Harvard Can Wait,” explains that the gap year is a time of focus and hard work; it should not be spent being unproductive (Kutner 61). Studies have shown that studentscome back more prepared and motivated to go to college. However, college is not for everyone. Some people may choose to go to a trade school or follow some other endeavour. While college is the norm for our society, not everyone is made for it.B.People also believe that taking a gap year is a big waste of money; it will cause you to fall behind with finances due to the high expenses.1.Kutner explains that families are worried about the high expenses associated with gap year programs. Some of the programs can cost up to $40,000, which is as much as a year of college tuition. This causes them tobelieve that the gap year is only for those who are wealthy (Kutner 61).2.While it is true that the gap year programs may cost a lot of money, there are several other options that students could take. I did a program that costme $10,000. Colleges like Florida State University and University of North Carolina even offer scholarships so that students can participate in this gap year (Kutner 61). In Steve Gergerich’s article, “Experts Suggest a
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