What’s important here is the productive dissonance that these long-term, immersive gap year experiences provide.It's unlikely that a young person staying in America -- or even traveling overseas for a short time -- would have assumptions about herself and the world around her challenged with the same intensity, frequency, and breadth as in a gap year in a developing community.By finishing high school, you will have a diploma to show prospective college admission counselors and employers that you are dedicated to achieving your goals.
It's interesting that spending time in developing communities can help young people appreciate ways of living that we need more of -- such as a more active and intimate sense of community.
Going overseas also helps to cultivate a type of independence and self-confidence that staying close to home in a familiar environment probably does not.
Gap years help young adults understand themselves, their relationships, and the world around them, which deepens capacities and perspectives crucial for effective citizenship.
They help students become better thinkers and scholars, filled with passion, purpose, and perspective. One principal lesson is clear: We often develop most when our understandings of ourselves and the world around us are challenged -- when we engage with people and ideas that are different.
According to the National Dropout Prevention Center, “high school dropouts are four times as likely to be unemployed as those who have completed four or more years of college.” If you want to improve the quality of your life and be a contributing citizen to society, you should finish high school.
High school provides you with basic educational and social skills you will need to face life challenges.
By finishing high school, you will be better prepared to work with others to achieve common goals and to serve society without adversely harming others.
Finishing high school improves your thinking and problem solving skills and it shows others that you can follow projects through to the end.
Despite this insight, we often prioritize comfort and self-segregate into groups of sameness.
We tend to surround ourselves with people who think, talk, and look similar to us.