WILTON, Conn. — The recent pandemic has impacted so much of our lives we often can’t even acknowledge it. The lingering effects of it will be seen throughout the years to come. Currently, our recent grads and current seniors are struggling to decide whether or not they should attend college or take a gap year. A recent survey done by Simpson Scarborough, a higher education research and marketing company, 40% of “incoming freshmen who aspired to attend a 4-year residential college are likely and highly likely to not attend any 4-year college this fall.” That leaves many parents and educators wondering how to guide the young adults.
CEO of Education learning Consultants, Daryl Capuano, explains how taking a gap year has become an increasingly hot topic. He explains that many students take the year to save money, travel, or do something to build their skills. However, there can be challenges to making that decision. Students can often feel excluded from their friends and as if they are falling behind. With more and more students contemplating the decision, it is important for educators and parents to be aware of the process and guide each student.