In recent years, the concept of a "Gap Year" has been receiving more attention. A gap year typically follows high school graduation; it gives students an opportunity to get a break from school and explore the real world. It is a structured year, with a specific plan. The goal is for students to get some experience to help them make more informed decisions about their future career, work environment, and of course, field of study for when they return to school.
As quoted by Susan Kruger, author of SOAR...