Gac Compare and Contrast Essay

Topics: Student, University, People's Republic of China Pages: 5 (1451 words) Published: June 1, 2013
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GAC008 Assessment Event 4: Academic Research Essay

Compare and Contrast:

Places Where

People Live and Work

Student’s Name: Teresa Ding

Student ID#: SHSA23052

Teacher: La Roi Williams

Due Date: 15th April 2013

Word Count: 1041

Question: Compare and Contrast attitudes toward students taking a gap year in your country and in U.K. Use specific examples and provide appropriate evidence to explain your answer.

To take a gap year or not to take a gap year? Now, this question has gained more attention than it used to be. A gap year is a period of time in which students disengage from curricular education and undertake activities such as traveling, volunteering or internships, it is often taken between high school and college. In this special period of time, students can do whatever they want and enjoy complete freedom. However, they may also lose precious time. Many students in the U.K. choose to take a gap year after their high school graduation. However, a majority of Chinese students enter the universities immediately. People in the U.K. are more open to taking a gap year as opposed to people in China.

If one compares the attitudes of parents regarding taking a gap year, British parents are more supportive than Chinese parents. According to British Parents’ opinions about gap years (Gap year advice: Are they a good thing? Rachel Gallagher, 20th Aug 2010) parents in Britain encourage their children to take a gap year because they think this can offer students a precious opportunity to learn new skills like decision-making and financial-planning, which can help students to develop into well-rounded people who can deal with challenges they are going to meet in the future. Additionally, British parents believe their children learn to live in, adapt and appreciate new cultures, work in a whole new community and experience another life in a different country, these are all going to change their points of view, become independent, broaden their horizons and learn their life lessons like respect others and cope with complex situations or let us say a gap year is more like a good preparation for real life. (A meaningful gap year, Vaum Junior Secondary School) On the other side, a lot of Chinese parents consider taking a gap year as a worthless thing, because they afraid students may forget how to study or may not want to go back to school. Chinese parents often want their children to take advanced programs before they go to universities. Now, even primary school students in China are forced to take bridging courses in order to review their old lessons and learn new knowledges in advance. Most students in the U.K. think that taking a gap year will make them more sure of what they want while Chinese students want to finish school as quick as possible. As Adam Solan, an university student from Birmingham said: “University is not enough to tie me down, I need a gap year to find what I truly want, just like my other friends.” (Adam Solan, Gap year journal, Adam Loan, 24th July, 2007) Starting a meandering over the plante, visit the places you have always dreamed about, experience a life you have never thought about, do an interesting internship or simply enjoy those marvelous spectacles. Will not that be perfect for discovering what one’s truly wants deep inside her or his heart? On the contrary, a majority of Chinese students choose to skip the gap year because their parents work really hard to support them study aboard. They think taking a gap year is way too wasteful, in terms of time and money. Studying abroad can be very expensive, especially to some

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References: Advice about taking a gap year - How to make gap years work for you ( Oct 28, 2011) Mike Barnard [online] Available at
http://www.gapyear.com/articles/185395/how-to-make-your-gap-year-work-for-you/1460 [ Accessed at April, 2013]
Advice about taking a gap year - Volunteering (Jan, 2013) Anna Cleays [online] Available at
http://www.gapyear.com/articles/189162/virtuous-volunteering-or-clueless-colonialism/1447 [Accessed April, 2013]
Advice from Harvard students [online] Available at
http://www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu/visitors/gapyear.htm [Accessed April, 2013]
Benefits of taking a gap year (Jan 2011) A meaningful gap year [online] Available at
http://www.lattitude.org.uk/parents-information/a-meaningful-gap-year/ [Accessed April, 2013]
British student’s attitudes about taking a gap year (Mon 24th Jul 2006)Message Boards/Diaries/Adam Solan [online] Available at
http://www.gapyear.com/boards/viewforum/181/ [Accessed April, 2013]
Cambridge - supportive of gap year depending on which major the student will be studying [online] Available at
http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/prospective/year10and11s/gapyear.html [Accessed April, 2013]
China universities gap year program [online] Available at 
http://www.nextstepchina.org/gap-year-programs/ [Accessed April, 2013]
M.I.T admission officers’ opinion about taking a gap year [online] Available at
http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/consider_a_gap_year [ Accessed at April, 2013]
UK Universities: Oxford - very supportive of gap year and offers a variety of gap year programs [online] Available at
http://www.oxintstudycentre.com/programmes/gap-year-programmes.html [Accessed April, 2013]
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