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Is a gap semester for a recent high school graduate a bad idea?

I think a gap semester offers the student a better chance to experience the world and help find his passion in life which would make his life easier afterwards

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    Mar 30 2014: I did not take a gap year. Philosophy professor talked to me after class one day. He said if you don't need to be here, don't be here. Then did a 4 year gap. Went back to community college, did the work, almost got associate. Now another gap.
    In the 4 year gap did a lot of things I wanted to do. If I had less wants, then maybe would have done the schoolwork right after high school.
    Decreasing wants may decrease need for gap year. How to decrease wants in life? Difficult task. Probably requires independence, avoidance and solitude.

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