Cam explains how graduating students are often encouraged by parents, counsellors and teachers to head directly into post-secondary education, and even references his own children’s experiences. High school students have little time to make key decisions about their career and life path and the pressure to make the right choice can be stressful. That’s where gap years come in. They allow students to take a breather after high school, giving young adults time to figure out who they are, where they want to go and what they want to do.
Cam tells Stephen that the outcome is often the most important part to a great gap year. Navigating it depends on the individual, but completing it with a sense of where you want to go, feeling comfortable in your own skin, strength and confidence in your own capacity and aspect of humility about your abilities are all things to expect from a successful gap year.
Lattitude is working to change the culture around gap years, encouraging students, parents and teachers alike to celebrate taking a gap year the same way they would in receiving a scholarship, graduating from high school and getting accepted into a university. This is a great way to show students that taking a gap year is a legitimate option, especially for students that didn’t do as well in high school and need the time to decide on their next step.