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Higher Education

Malia Obama is taking a 'gap year' before attending Harvard — here's why that's a great idea

Gap years are gaining in popularity among American students, as the New York Times reports. For example, Harvard has seen a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, and MIT saw their deferments double between 2009 and 2010, according to CIEE, the world's oldest and largest nonprofit …

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College & University

How To Take A Gap Year, If You're Just A Regular Person

We've always admired Malia Obama, both as a traveler and a human. But our awe escalated even higher this week when the high school senior announced she'll take a gap year before college.<p>Um, that's SO cool. Can we take a gap year too?!<p>The answer is yes, of course. It's typically easiest to take a …

College & University

Why Malia Obama is right to take a gap year

Age is just a number. And I measure age not by the passage of time – the number of minutes, hours or days since I was brought into the world – but by the richness of my experiences. I measure age by those moments when I’m truly alive.<p>It can be hard to create those moments when so much time is …

Labour Party

Gap year students cause more harm than good as top university calls for orphanage visits to stop

Gap year students can cause more harm than good, it has been claimed after a top British university called for orphanage visits to stop being promoted.<p>David Coles, charity coordinator at the London School of Economics (LSE), said visits by “unqualified and ill-suited” students can lead to child …

A Gap Year: What Difference Does It Make?

We are born creative and curious. But as we progress from kindergarten to university, we lose these skills along the way. In fact, we are educated out of them.<p>Education factories around the world are churning out millions of fresh graduates and just like in the 19th century, many parents and …


Here’s what all this criticism of the “gap year” says about our American perspective

I NEVER TOOK A GAP YEAR, but I wish I had. I was so burnt out from my senior year of high school — taking college courses, working two jobs waiting …

New York Times

Starting college? Here's why you should think about a gap year

Malia Obama recently announced that she will take a gap year before attending Harvard University. Historically, American high school graduates have …

College & University