College counselors weigh in on “gap years”

FOREST CITY, IA (KIMT) — Malia Obama, daughter of President Obama, is opting to take a gap year before she starts her college career, an option that appeals to more students each year.

Counselors tell us why a gap year may be appealing to some students.

College admissions counselor Ryan Flickinger may have not taken a year away from school, but he knows plenty of reasons why students might consider it.

“I think it can be a great benefit to students to take a gap year,” says Flickinger, “you know maybe if they’re too young coming out of high school and they graduate and they’re like 17 and they’re not 18 yet.”

Some students say they would consider a gap year if they had the chance to choose again.

“It’s having the ability to save up in case you know how something that comes up with like say money issues in the future,” says student Shanti Persaud.

“I feel that if I were to take a gap year or you know even like a semester you know, I would’ve been more prepared and ready to take those classes,” says student Marlon Banks.

Statistics from multiple universities show students who take a year off usually perform better academically and find more meaningful work upon graduating than those who don’t.

But working in the meantime can have a negative effect.

Flickinger says,”They lose that passion and don’t stay organized enough to stay to want to do those things when they get done with working for that year and they realize that they’re working and making money for that year and I want to stay working.”

Student Sydney Hutchinson says,”They know more about the world and so classes aren’t as much of a concern because they have a whole lot of other things on their plate.”

“I know it’s four years, do all four years, but don’t do a gap year because you probably won’t finish,” says fellow student Tyree Mendez.

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