At least not right away.
Dave Marcus is the author of Acceptance (Penguin Press), a book about the pressures of college admissions.
In this shaky economy, Marcus believes teenagers should take a gap year after high school and not attend college right away.
This gives them time to mature and not waste precious tuition money as a misguided and hard-partying freshman.
Marcus says the break should help mentally prepare teens to truly focus in college.
During their breather, Marcus says they should hold down a job, do community service, and take a few night classes at community college.
Keeping busy will ensure that the one-year break doesnt turn into a slump where theyre eating Cheez Whiz and watching TV all day.
Because of the many benefits, Marcus believes a gap year should be endorsed by politicians as a valid option for students.
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