The Bridge to College: In Praise of the Gap Year

For those in a hurry, slowing down seems counterproductive. Lost in the pursuit of a college degree and a good job is the recognition that the true value of higher education is actually education, not job preparation. Yet college is an evolutionary moment, and learning is not limited to taking classes or training for a job. A gap year is an opportunity to delay college by one year. This is not “taking time off”; it is adding unique opportunity to a holistic education. Students may travel, study, research, volunteer, or do whatever they envision might be useful to their personal growth. Gap years are becoming increasingly popular, recognized by the finest colleges as an extremely valuable pur
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