Despite the costs, those who have taken part in gap years abroad before completing college and entering the workforce argue that their year overseas was a worthy investment in their lives and careers. Seraphina Lin, a senior account executive at a public affairs firm, insists she was shy before she put off her freshman year at the University of Colorado to spend a year in Taiwan, teaching English to elementary school students and immersing herself in the culture. Now, she's found success in a job where communication skills and confidence are integral to success.
"[The gap year] made all the difference to me as a young high school grad struggling with her identity. I gained the confidence to be outgoing," she says. "The confidence and [gregariousness] I gained during my gap year really helped [my career]."
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