Taking a gap year seems like an awesome option for anyone who wants to travel, earn some money or kick back and chill after 13 years of school. While taking a gap year is ridiculously appealing to most of us, this isn’t always the case for our parents. If you’re keen on a gap year but your folks are sceptical, here’s some ammo to convince the ‘rents it’s a good idea.

1. Better grades

This is probably the strongest argument in defence of gap years and therefore it’s probably the one your parents will take most seriously. Those who do a gap year get better academic grades than those who go straight from school. It’s always a good idea to back up your arguments with statistics and studies so sending this article to your ‘rents should placate their concerns.

2. To figure out your options

This is probably a more believable reason to take a gap year. You’re not the first person to feel unsure of your future and you won’t be the last. Taking a gap year is a legitimately good option for putting things in perspective, to get an idea of what you’re passionate about and, if nothing else, to figure out what you don’t want to do.

3. To recover from academic burnout

Another common one is to get some much needed rest from all that studying. You’ve been in and out of classrooms for 13 solid years. Is it really so much to ask for a year away from institutionalised learning? Seems reasonable to us.

4. To get some experience in the workforce

Gap years don’t always equate to a whole year of gallivanting around exotic locations and sampling the local food and drink. Most of us have to work for some or all of our gap year. This is helpful too, because people with real world experience in the workforce are better equipped for to learn and more inclined to take their studies seriously in the long run.

5. Independence

Whether you’re seeking to find it or you’ve been waiting assert it, independence is a key element of your gap year. This is exciting. It can also be scary. But independence is a massive part of becoming a real proper adult and a strong sense of independence will help you out immensely at uni.

6. Maturity

Whether you’re travelling, working or volunteering during your gap year, you’re going to mature in some way. Your newfound independence will require problem-solving skills that aren’t taught at university and an enviable level of experience and maturity when first year of uni rolls around.

7. Helping the world

Lots of people find themselves volunteering at some point on their gap year. Whether teaching English in Ecuador, building a school in Nepal or hanging out with the characters at your local nursing home, volunteering has a positive effect on the world around you. It could lead to a career, or simply benefit the people in front of you here and now.

8. Learning a language first hand

If you’ve been studying another language at school, chances are you’d like to go and put your skills to the test. The best way to do this is to get overseas and practice with some native speakers. Whether you’re volunteering, traveling or doing a language course, learning straight from the source will be beneficial.

9. To save some money

It can be really helpful to get some cash together before you get settled into that uni degree or TAFE course. Maybe you want to buy a car, get your hand on those summer festival tickets or get the freshest laptop. A gap year (or two) of working will set you up for uni when the time comes.

10. To make you happy

If the ‘rents still aren’t convinced by these reasons, maybe it’s time to have an honest chat about happiness. Hey mum and dad, you do want me to be happy, don’t you?

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