Taking a gap year has become a popular option for many graduating students. While some people believe that after a year-long break, students will somewhat get disacquainted from the learnt knowledge and suffer a tough time on reviewing the previous lessons, I believe this is only a small price to pay for the reward it earns.
Firstly, for students who had been busy preparing for the college entrance examination, a gap year is a good chance for them to get refreshed and re-focused. They can slow their pace down and get relaxed. A gap year bursting with travel, adventure and exploration can be fun-filled and intensely memorable especially after three years of hard work in study. Besides, a gap year gives them the time to figure out their future orientation.
Secondly, taking a gap year can save students money in the long term. A common perception about gap year is that it is only available for wealthy students. However, this is not the case. A gap year enables students to work part time as they travel. There are also a lot of programs that cover the expenses for students who sign up to be volunteers. Normally, students are expected to pick up many valuable social skills during their experiences in travelling or volunteer work, which will all convert into a money-making asset in their future life.
Thirdly, a gap year serves as a door to the real world for students. During this year, students can participate in many activities and even travel abroad. The firsthand experience of unfamiliar cultures offers profound lessons for curious and motivated young people. The real world and the society is a classroom way bigger than the ones in their schools and promises more knowledge acquired. A year packed with colorful experiences in society can be potentially instructive for them.
Therefore, based on the above reasons, I believe students should take a gap year before college.