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The Gap Year...A Good Thing?

A growing number of high-achieving students are contemplating a year off before college - known as the gap year - as a break from the pressures to gain admittance to top colleges. Mindful of that pressure, more schools are promoting gap years more aggressively. High schools now hold gap-year fairs to teach students about the option, and companies and consultants that place students in gap-year programs are expanding.