Postponing Post-Secondary

Over the last year, a large percentage of schools, including prestigious ones like Harvard and MIT, discovered the number of students taking a Gap Year has dramatically increased. 


With the uprising of contradictory terms like “remote experiential learning” and “social distancing” it’s no wonder our brains hurt so much. As if you could learn by doing, without the proper environment. Or be social (literally being with people by definition) by distancing yourself from people? Yeah, that adds up. 


Not only the pandemic, but the personal changes and inner growth these active generations have endeavoured over this time, have proven that everyone is lost. I think it’s fair to say we are all pretty confused with what is going on and why it started. Of course, more from a philosophical viewpoint because doctors and medical professionals have been working tirelessly to figure out exactly those things and I highly encourage us all to really listen to what they have to say.  


What I mean by all of this is that the world has been in a state of chaos for over a year. Total fever dream for 20 months, 91 weeks and 637 days to be exact. 

So I think it would be fair to say that an “all bets are off” mentality would be a perfectly normal result of this tornado. 

Why cater to the mold that has been forced upon society for so long? Why do we have to go to University or college immediately after highschool? Why do we only get to have free time to do as we please in retirement? Heck, why do we even need jobs? 

Recent graduating generations have opened the doors to a discussion that has been too taboo for those before us. 

Why do we have to live our lives within a certain time frame? 


Human bodies and minds are at their peaks in their twenties, so why should we waste such precious time on going to classes, when we could be hiking mountains in Sweden? Or swimming with sharks in Fiji? Watching shows on Broadway? 


This subject not only perplexes me, but worries me. As someone who has just recently finished their University Applications, the fear that I’m moving too fast has since been lingering beside me like a kid to their parents at the grocery store. We’re inseparable. 

I have now come to name that lingering feeling, the fear of regret. The thing that haunts your dreams and creeps into your mind telling you “if you don’t do it now, you never will”! This feeling is however, no stranger to the typical high school student. It’s FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). It also, unrightfully, holds too much power over us. 


So we have distraught, FOMO suffering, anti-social, philosophical, young students running around like chickens with their heads cut off, and we expect them to use this just prime state of mind to decide their future? 

Things are starting to make more sense now. 


By Drew Mackay


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