2014年3月23日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree: after high school, graduates should take at least one year off to work or travel before entering university.
Taking a gap year has become a popular option for many graduating students. While some people believe that after a year-long break, students will somewhat get disacquainted from the learnt knowledge and suffer a tough time on reviewing the previous lessons, I believe this is only a small price to pay for the reward it earns.
Firstly, for students who had been busy preparing for the college entrance examination, a gap year is a good chance for them to get refreshed and re-focused. They can slow their pace down and get relaxed. A gap year bursting with travel, adventure and exploration can be fun-filled and intensely memorable especially after three years of hard work in study. Besides, a gap year gives them the time to figure out their future orientation.
Secondly, taking a gap year can save students money in the long term. A common perception about gap year is that it is only available for wealthy students. However, this is not the case. A gap year enables students to work part time as they travel. There are also a lot of programs that cover the expenses for students who sign up to be volunteers. Normally, students are expected to pick up many valuable social skills during their experiences in travelling or volunteer work, which will all convert into a money-making asset in their future life.
Thirdly, a gap year serves as a door to the real world for students. During this year, students can participate in many activities and even travel abroad. The firsthand experience of unfamiliar cultures offers profound lessons for curious and motivated young people. The real world and the society is a classroom way bigger than the ones in their schools and promises more knowledge acquired. A year packed with colorful experiences in society can be potentially instructive for them.
Therefore, based on the above reasons, I believe students should take a gap year before college.
The prevailing notion is that high school students are under huge pressure. Then appears a controversy whether students should have one year to engage in other things before they attend their university. After weighing the pros and cons, I am favor of the opinion that having a gap year can produce many benefits.
First off, students can benefit a lot from traveling. As everyone knows, to maintain strong competitiveness, high school students are required to accomplish a wide range of either required or optional curriculums at school and the rights to develop their own interests have been deprived relentlessly, which has proven to be a detriment of their growth. Instead of pursuing their bachelor degree without pause in the college, traveling can help them regain chances to cultivate and perfect their personalities and release pressure. For instance, many more college graduates are reported to be indifferent to the society and show no mercy on those in need, part of which owes a lot to the fact that schools lay more emphasis on cultivating students’ academic abilities and downplay the importance of developing their overall qualities. Traveling to those places in poverty can give students a sight of those impoverished families to call on the sense of responsibility. Besides, by paying a visit to some places of interest like the Great Wall or the pyramid in Egypt, students can approach the greatness of diverse culture. What’s more, the direct access to the natural world can appease students’ inner uproar. Accordingly, a gap year can be a great asset for high school graduates.
Secondly, by taking part-time jobs, not only can students accumulate sufficient social experience but also earn some money to reduce financial stress on their families. Though economy in China keeps growing at a rate of almost 9 percent in the recent, average citizens still suffer huge pressure especially when the slump of stock market took a heavy toll on them and the majority of stock investors withdrew their money and reinvest to the real estate, further increasing pressure on the ordinary because of the increasing prices of housing. For most families from small cities and rural areas, college tuition still appears to be a great burden on them and by taking part-time jobs, students can earn some wages to relieve financial pressure, such as serving as a restaurant attendant that enables students to better develop their communication techniques and learn more about how to meet the demands of consumers or working as a salesman that will be an entirely different experience from high schools and can lead to the cultivation of the ability of presenting customers the advantages of products. Obviously, a gap year means a lot to high school graduates.
Admittedly, there is another voice that high school students are supposed to start their campus life immediately after graduation from high schools. To be more specific, maintaining high-efficiency study can lead students to be better acclimated to their college life. Instead of going to college soon, a gap year may disrupt their study schedule and weaken their learning skills. It appears to be sensible, however; the ultimate goal of attending a university is to seek a decent job and gaining social experience in advance makes students more conscious of which kind of area they are more interested in in the near future such as the serving industry or high-tech fields.
In conclusion, high school graduates had better live a different life temporarily before they go to college.
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