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The Boston Globe

Opinion

Gareth Cook

Bridge year

By taking time off after high school, young people can gain a greater perspective of life, and head into a more fruitful college experience

IN THE COMING weeks, a nation of on-edge high school seniors will be hearing back from colleges: thumbs up or thumbs down, thick envelope or thin. For most, this will be followed by the big decision of where to go. Much advice will be forthcoming, from parents, guidance counselors, siblings, friends, teachers, and extended family.

But I’d like to offer my own suggestion: Don’t go to any college next year.

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