This is the time of year when high school seniors across the state — and the country — are anxiously waiting to hear back from colleges and universities.
After years of work and all those applications, they'll find out where they're heading next fall. But a growing number of college advisers and career counselors are advocating for what some call a "gap year."
Taking a year off inbetween high school and college to work, travel or live abroad and take a break from the academic conveyor belt is not a new idea but it is becoming increasingly popular and more accepted across the U.S. There is growing evidence that suggests students who take a gap year actually do better in college than students who don't.
- Robert Clagett, former dean of admissions, Middlebury College; former senior admissions officers, Harvard College
- Holly Bull, president, Center for Interim Programs
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This segment aired on March 8, 2012.