By Guillermo Fernandez
I HEARD my friend Alfonso was thinking about taking a gap year before going to Southampton University to study aerospace engineering, so I sent him an email to warn him.
Firstly, nowadays one must obtain a high-level degree to be able to survive in this highly-competitive world where job opportunities are increasingly scarce.
If you take a gap year you will alter your study routine and inevitably you will become lazy study-wise.
The lack of a revision routine could cause you to forget many of the things you had previously learnt at school.
Secondly, the course he is taking is extremely challenging and complicated and if he is not continuing to revise then his level could decrease rapidly and the course may end up being much harder than he had previously expected.
Another friend of mine – who got straight A’s – decided to travel for a year and when he got back gave up the idea of university altogether, because he didn’t want to spend four years chasing a career if he could merely get a part time job and continue to travel and party.
While that might be fun for a while, in the long run he may well live to regret it.
To conclude I would like to reinforce my message that taking a gap year is not the correct decision.
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