IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample: Gap year between university and college

gap year between high school and university

In some countries, young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. 

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decided to do this.

High school graduates are sometimes advised to take a gap year before they begin their tertiary education. While there are certain benefits for young people in doing so, the disadvantages of leaving school for a year should be considered as well.

Students who find it rewarding to take a gap year often claim that it provides them with invaluable benefits and lessons. Simply put, by working and earning money before they embark on academic studies, students will find it much easier to manage the high expenses and tuition fees of their university. This results in students being more focused on their studies due to having no financial worries and therefore scoring higher in their courses. In addition, the ones who opt to travel gain life experience. For instance, in my country, many high school graduates travel to Japan, a country known for its people’s high life expectancy. This way, they learn about the Japanese’s healthy lifestyle and are encouraged to adopt their practices upon their return. Thus, traveling during the gap year might help students become wiser and make better choices in order to lead a better life.

However, spending a year away from their studies may not always end with students returning to school. For instance, many graduates start a job during this period and when they start gaining financial benefits, they find it more appealing to gain money instead of spending most of their days studying. In other words, they begin to think that university is not the best doorway to success in real life. As for those who travel, despite having gained a lot of life experience, some of them might realize that they have forgotten many of the concepts, such as mathematics, that are required to succeed during tertiary education. This fear of failure, unfortunately, is enough for many students to let go of their academic dreams and steer the course of their lives and careers away from univerities. This fear of failure, unfortunately, is enough for many students to let go of their academic dreams and change the course of their lives and careers. 

In conclusion, working or traveling for a year after high school graduation may help students with their financial stading or outlook on lifer. Having said that the possibility of it leading to disenchantment with education is too significant to ignore.

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