Are Gap Years Just For Rich Kids?

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Check out this story that I reported for Hobsons, a monthly education podcast.

For many students, taking a year off between high school and college to travel the world is considered a rite of passage. In the UK, 5 percent of students deferred college admission for a year. But in the U.S, gap years are still the exception. Just one percent of the more than 2 million high school seniors destined for college, decide to take a break. But this may be changing. Malia Obama’s decision to take a gap year before heading off to Harvard shows that idea finally seems to be catching on stateside. The reason? The benefits it can have on a future college experience.

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