School leavers go travelling or work for a period before they go directly to university. Are there more advantages or disadvantages on their study？
Traditionally, most people choose toattend university immediately after finishing college. However, other people choose instead to go travelling overseas, or work for a period before taking up tertiary study, and have good reasons to do so. This essay will discuss those reasons, and consider whether there are more advantages or disadvantages on their study.
People who attend university immediately after high school have the advantage of attending with their friends and acquaintances. Those who choose to delay study and travel or work first will findthat when they do decide to go to university, they will know less people, and maystruggle with feelings of loneliness and isolation. This is especially true foradult students. For example, at Yale University in the United States, statisticsfrom 2021 show almost 80% of students are aged under 30. Furthermore, attending university at an older age can also have a detrimental affect on study, asit becomes more difficult to learn and retain information as one ages, whichcan be discouraging.
However, overall there are more significant advantages to travelling and working before studying. For one, this helps people to gain the very valuable skill of life experience. Being able to communicate effectively with others, to know how to accept failures and celebrate successes, and to understand one’s self and other’s differences – allof these are hugely important skills that one can only learn through travel andwork. Moreover, as we age we become more mature, which isespecially crucial when it comes to decision making. Additionally,working before study helps us to gain a strong work ethic, so we can really succeed and make the most of our time at university.
The advantages to travelling and workingbefore attending university are much more weighty and consequential than anydisadvantages, and should be encouraged.
First I considered the advantages and disadvantages and listed these, and then didresearch on the topic to strengthen my reasons and find more pros and cons. Iread articles from The Guardian, The Washington Post and CNN, and I also readup articles from university websites, government websites for students andjournal articles.
- Graduating later may mean jobs are alreadytaken by younger graduates.
- Less people their own age at university –might feel isolated and depressed.
- Being older means study can be harder,difficult to to take in new information and retain it.
- Lose motivation as not earning money so maydecide to go back to work.
- Depending on age may lose study benefits –some older students do not qualify for student loans.
- Gain valuable life experience from peopleof different cultures – learn more about others and self；
- Maturity – helps with decision making andproblem solving
- Better communication skills as we age；
- By working first we gain a stronger workethic which will then help with studying；
- More independent – better ability to lookafter oneself while studying；
- Working beforehand means we are able to save before studying.
I decided the first paragraph would focuson the disadvantages, and chose two reasons to focus on and expand.
- Less people their own age atuniversity – might feel isolated and depressed.
- Being older means study can beharder, difficult to to take in new information and retain it.
In the second paragraph, I chose to focus on the advantages, and chose three points to focus on, as my argument was that there are more advantages than disadvantages.
- Gain valuable life experience from people of different cultures – learn more about others and self
- Maturity – helps with decisionmaking and problem solving
- By working first we gain a stronger work ethic which will then help with studying
Key words and phrases:
- older students年龄大的学生
- life experience生活经验
- gap year间隔年
- culture and travelling文化和旅行
- work experience工作经验
- student statistics学生统计.
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