What do the experts say

Harvard

"Some say they ended up in their profession because of someone else’s expectations, or that they simply drifted into it without pausing to think whether they really loved their work." 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/05/01/why-harvard-encourages-students-to-take-a-gap-year-just-like-malia-obama-is-doing/?utm_term=.d17a88a540fe

 

Yale

"When prospective Yalies choose to matriculate, each is presented with the opportunity to take a Gap Year. Basically, all Yale students have the option of taking a full year off to take advantage of whatever their heart desires."

https://admissions.yale.edu/bulldogs-blogs/joshua/2011/01/19/whats-gap-year

 

MIT

 “While intellectual development is undoubtedly essential for a fulfilled existence, the idea of freedom and exploration has always thrilled me.”

http://news.mit.edu/2014/gap-year-students-enrich-class-2018-mix

 

Stanford

 “Students who take a gap year arrive at Stanford with more maturity both socially and in the classroom.” Robert S. Clagett, who worked in admissions at Harvard University and Middlebury College,

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/whats-a-gap-year-and-other-questions-answered/

 

New York Times

A number of researchers have shown a connection between a deliberate choice to take some time off and getting better grades upon return to the classroom. Devin G. Pope, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/22/your-money/reflections-on-a-gap-year-decades-after-taking-one.html

 

Parents

"The idea of a gap year can be frightening for parents—especially for those who have carefully cultivated a cradle-to-college track for their children. Many fear that once their son or daughter veers away from a formal education, they won’t go back."

http://time.com/97065/gap-year-college/