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Some people think high school graduates should travel or work for a period of
time instead of going directly to study at university.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

The question as to whether high school graduates should persue their college education or have a one-year gap to work or travel remains controversial, but a closer examination of the issue reveals that it bears a number of cons and pros.

Working or traveling before proceeding to university can be advantageous in the sense that high school grads learn to support themselves and be more responsible for their mistakes. In other words, this gap year opens doors to new experiences away from scholastic life, triggers the sensors of maturity, enriches the students' consideration, and widens their critical thinking abilities.

Another advantage of a gap year could be said to be the chance it offers to students to pause and rethink their decision on the subject area that they desire to major in. For example, most universities around the globe implement the preparatory year program which aims at sifting students among majors and helping them determine their aptitude to go forward or change majors.

On the other hand, there is the danger that high school graduates working or traveling before college might extend this one-year gap to two or three or even longer as they may get indulged in their work and see no point in furthering their education for it leads to the same ending, getting paid. Worse is traveling abroad where many international students postpone their studies in the pretext that they want to get more involved in the new social context.

In conclusion, a gap year cuts both ways and that all depends on the social, financial and other factors that dominate high school graduates at that critical turning point in their lives. Yet, schools, parents and society around may help high school graduates make the right decision and do the right thing about their college education.

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Why "but" is highlighted?

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(,but) is highlited because there is a (,) before (but). The word but is conjunction so we don't need to user 2 conjunctions.

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Shouldn't it be "On the pretext" .....??

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