High school graduates are taking a year off

TOPEKA, Kan (KSNT) — Many graduating seniors are left with the decision of what they want to do after graduation. Some are choosing to go to college and others are considering taking a year off before they begin their college education. High school counselor, Angela Locke, expresses what she witnesses from students who come to her with the idea of taking a gap year.

“Students can rack up a lot of student debt,” Locke said. And if they don’t even know what it is that they want to do with their lives, they can waste a lot of time and money.”

During the gap year, students choose to backpack and explore the world, some choose to volunteer at different places and others take on a full or part time job.

“When a student says I think I’m going to take a year off, I have to admit, my first inclination is kind of, oh no. But, it depends, again, as we have a conversation…why.”

Locke says about five percent of  the students she counsels make the decision to take a gap year.

Students at Washburn University give their opinions on whether it’s a good idea or not.

“I think that sine it’s popular in Europe, then it’s a good way to find yourself,” Abby Wiebler, freshman at Washburn University, said.

“I see a lot of people coming in after they have take a year gap. Sometimes it turns into two year, three years and then their just doing something else and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t,” Tyler Touchstone, sophomore at Washburn University, said.

“I think that taking a gap year between high school and college if a student isn’t ready for college is…can be really beneficial for them,” Luna Anna Archey, senior at Michigan University

Whether it’s a year off from school or joining the workforce, they’ll learn something in the end.

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