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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September

Is it essential to have a gap year?

RushanaRushana Posts: 3 Inactive
Hi everybody!Gap year of high school is notorious for being the time when teenagers are asked to make huge, life-changing decisions, many of which are influenced heavily by factors they can’t control. It’s a very stressful time!Today I would like to ask you a question about is it worth to take a gap year after graduating school in order to experience something new and be financially prepared or it is better to keep up with your peers and get a higher education as soon as possible?


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,759 ✭✭✭✭
    I don't know that you can say 'essential' @Rushana, but certainly it isn't a bad idea. I think it is helpful in some cases too. I have met many youngsters travelling after leaving school and it has helped them decide what they really want to do. If not between school and higher education, then also after finishing university makes sense too as once in a job, it can be hard to take a career break to go and see a bit more of the world.

    I definitely regret I never took a gap year after school. I have made up for it since though. (I took my gap year(s) after I was 43!
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