Gap Years, traditionally a time out between college and university in which students travel to countries such as Thailand, India and Australia. Unfortunately, this tradition has now appeared to have become something of a comedic trend with the phrase “Gap Yah” now being used. Taking this “journey of self-discovery” sees only 10% of students funding the average gap year bill of £3,000 – £4,000 themselves and British parents spending up to an average of £995 million a year helping with their children’s travels. This is now seen as a posh persons’ chance to brag about “helping the poor people” and in the case of the well-known Youtube sensation by fellow student Matt Lacey, “chundering everywhere!”. Lacey also highlights one of the more irritating sides of a “Gap Yah” in that students who follow this tradition remind their fellow learners of their travels every few seconds, relaying all aspects of daily life to “this time on my gap yah”. However, this article is not arguing against taking time out between A’levels and your degree, in fact studies show that Gap year students are more likely to graduate with a first or second honours degree than those who go straight from college.
There are more viable ways to spend your time before uni than either spending all yours or your parents’ money. This is even before you even reach the world of paying rent, bills and university socials/ nights out (in which, trust me, you will “chunder” everywhere!). In defence of the gap year, “Gap Years don’t have to mean round-the-world-trips” with the working gap year becoming far more popular for today’s new students. It allows you to still meet new people, learn new skills (good for the ol’ CV) and what with the current economic climb in tuition fees, also allows you to decide whether a degree is genuinely right for you. If it’s a no, then you’ve started to find your way into the work place. If it’s a yes, then you’ll have earned a fair amount of money to start your new life as a uni student – the choice, either way, is up to you.