My understanding if the term "gap year" may be flawed, But I understand it to be a year if travel and relaxation for the young high school grad. I don't think young people can afford to delay attending postsecondary education, As all too often, The momentum for pursuing education can slow down to a halt during a gap year. Other than rich kids, No one can afford to get off track from their education.
Definately I am a self made woman who came from deep poverty and I can assure you ‘gap years are for the offspring of the rich ‘
I think upper middle class parents might be able to afford to fund gap years but there is no way that working class parents can fund that sort of thing . University was well beyond my parents means but I was lucky enough to get a government scholarship but that only paid my fees , I had to work in MaCDonalds and study at the same time to be able to pay for food and lodgings . Gaps years, university and a whole host of things the rich take from granted are way out of the reach of working class parents
I definitely think that gap years are a benefit of wealthy students. It is something that some other students do not have the luxury of being able to do. Obviously, some of those reasons are because of money and time. I think that it is clear it is about somebody's financial means.
Yes, gap years are a privilege of wealthy students. I believe that students from poorer economic backgrounds do not have the luxury to indulge in a gap year. They usually need a job or financial aid while completing their education and cannot afford to take time off to discover themselves or take a break.
I think they mostly are. Lots of poor students are not financially able to take a year off without earning money. Most of the countries that gap year students like to visit, prohibit visitors from working in those countries. The air fares are also expensive, and a year of accommodation adds up as well, no matter how humble.
Many people automatically assume a "gap year" means travel abroad when there are so many other ways to spend the time. Some use it to work and save for college. Some use it to volunteer at home or abroad. For students who are lacking funds or maturity or even knowledge of what they may want to study, It is certainly a better financial decision not to go to school right away and waste tuition finding oneself the first year and possibly dropping out later or changing majors, Taking longer to graduate and spending more money they may not have.
Wealth makes many things easier; going to school, changing jobs, sloughing off for a year while you decide if you are going to bother getting educated or just leech off your parents. There is nothing in the way 'gap years' are taken that prevents anyone of a lower income bracket from participating. While having little-to-no spare money available from parents or other relatives means that full participation is more difficult, no haring off to China for a month as an example, you can still take that time to explore the world closer to yourself and decide how you want to move forward with your life.