College-bound kids take "gap year" to reflect, relax

10/12/2005 | Washington Post, The

A growing number of colleges and universities are willing to delay admission for high school students so they can take a year off to figure out career goals, recover from the pressures of high school or simply "grow up." One Maryland student who spent a year after graduation working as a caterer says the job's long hours and menial duties gave her a new appreciation for education.

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