Is a Gap Year the Way to Go?
We asked high school kids and parents at a White Plains, N.Y. college fair.
By Amanda Gengler

(MONEY Magazine) – SON -- "I would rather go directly to school to get it done with." --Darryl Louis

MOM -- "As long as he did something constructive. I'd rather he go right after graduation, but learning has no boundaries. Traveling can be learning." --Rose Moise-Louis

SON -- "I've never considered it, but I don't see it as a bad idea. I know a few people who are taking a year off."--Michael O'Byrne

DAD -- "If he had a good reason, like if he wasn't ready for college or separation from home." --Brian O'Byrne

DAUGHTER -- "I don't know anyone who's doing it besides Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls." --Jena Finn

MOM -- "I would probably say you need to rethink that. As far as I'm concerned, that's procrastination." --Sharon Finn