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Taking a Gap Year Before University


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A gap year is when someone decides to take a year off from studying to do something else, typically travelling. In recent years taking a gap year has become very popular especially before starting university. Young people will often spend a year living in a different country or travelling around the world experiencing different places and cultures. Most people consider a gap year to be a beneficial thing to do, but maybe there are in fact some drawbacks to taking such a long break from their studies.


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  • gap (noun)
  • drawback (noun)
  • spend (verb)
  • take off (phrasal verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • travel (verb)
  • break (noun)

The Question

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Is it better for students to take a gap year before going to university?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Taking a Gap Year Before University
  • Did you take a gap year? If not, would you have liked to?
  • What are the benefits of taking a gap year?
  • What do you think is the best way to spend a gap year?
  • What are the drawbacks of taking a gap year?

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