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Tuesday 26-Apr-2016
Gap Year ── 成年的華麗序幕

近年英國經濟衰退的陰霾不散。經濟不景氣導致當地大學學費上漲,因此不少英國學生都會選擇在真正入讀大學前先放自己一年Gap Year。




以往「Gap Year」一詞通常指高中畢業生經過一連串公開試的疲勞轟炸後,騰出一年時間,去異地旅遊或探險,在步入大學生涯前讓自己好好放個假。不過,近年Gap Year的定義開始慢慢改變。很多學生並非真的停下腳步休息,而是利用這段金空檔期累積經驗,讓自己的履歷表或UCAS personal statement更豐富,甚或在大學生涯開始前先儲一點積蓄。


美國名牌大學哈佛就積極鼓勵學生將入學時間推遲一年,此舉已維持了大概40年。他們甚至會在入學通知書上建議學生先放一年Gap Year。


而在英國,大學收生主任對學生在Gap Year的體驗內容比較有要求。我建議學生可以好好考慮善用這段黃金時間,累積多點寶貴經驗寫進personal statement,進而在芸芸學生中脫穎而出。若你的personal statement能說明你在Gap Year學會儲蓄、訂立預算,而且有涉足職場,絕對會在收生主任心目中大大加分。要講自我成長,以上幾項可能比翻山越嶺來得更有意思。


趁Gap Year累積與學位課程相關的經驗,學生無論撰寫personal statement或修讀學位課程期間都會較其他人佔優。所以有志成為社工、醫生或是獸醫的,可以考慮去一些貧窮的國家做義工,為當地人出一分力。其實社工界和醫學界都歡迎義工服務,Gap Year學生更能從服務經驗中學會領導和決策能力。


至於香港政府其實亦有間接鼓勵學生放一年Gap Year,但當然亦要視乎家庭的經濟能力。DSE考生經過多年考試和學業壓力的洗禮,若能在升讀英國或美國大學之前嘗試出去實習、體驗一下外國文化和好好鍛鍊英文能力,對未來絕對大有裨益。


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