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It may seem counter-intuitive, but statistics suggest that a break between high school and university produces students who are more dedicated to their courses and more apt to get involved in service work. People that take a ‘gap year’ between high school and university (or during university) come away with a stronger sense of self, a greater openness to new ways of thinking, and more understanding of the ways of the world. It boosts your resume, increases the chances of completing your chosen studies and develops life skills. Through Academy you will have a chance to explore new interests, create valuable experiences, develop independence and ultimately work towards a meaningful future career.
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