First daughter Malia Obama revealed over the weekend that she’ll defer her enrollment at Harvard until 2017 so she can take a gap year. We talk with two experts about the different versions of gap years, their benefits and whether they’re right for everyone.
Joe O’Shea is the author of Gap Year: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs and director of Florida State University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement.
Jeff Selingo has been a higher education writer for two decades. His most recent book is There is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow.