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According to education resource Noodle, "the tried-and-true path of going straight to college from high school is no longer so true. Data tell us that many graduating seniors are not prepared for the university environment and don’t have clear direction concerning their career path."

So what's the alternative?  What are the advantages of taking a year to grow, mature and find a clear career direction?

Quoted from the article: "According to the American Gap Association, 90 percent of students who take a gap year return to university within a year. Not only do they return, but their GPAs tend to be higher than those of their peers who have not taken a break in between high school and college." Read the entire article here.