May 22, 2024

Question of the Day: Can you name any of the top 3 reasons students take a gap year after graduating from high school?

Not everyone decides to go to college or enter the workforce as soon as they graduate from high school. What are the top reasons for taking a gap year?


  1. Gain life experience and personal growth
  2. Travel, see the world, experience other cultures
  3. Take a break from traditional academic track

A word cloud showing common words associated with a gap year.


  1. How important do you think it is to save money for a gap year during high school?
  2. What are some trade-offs involved with taking a gap year versus entering the workforce or college?
  3. Would you ever consider taking a gap year after graduating from high school? Explain why or why not.


Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Check out the Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges unit for more resources centered around options for graduating seniors!

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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