When I say that I doubt that I will take a Gap Year, many adults are surprised.
“Why”, they say, wide-eyed, “it's such a wonderful growing experience / important rite of passage / chance to save the world.” Hm. All this may be so, but I am by no means
alone in dismissing a year spent abroad.
I can see many reasons for this. The first comes from the infamous video “Gap Yah.” Everyone has seen it. My grandmother has seen it. If you haven’t seen it, then you can find it
here. In addition to being very funny and easily quotable, it does highlight a significant reason for the decline of the Gap Year. The Gap
Year is now commonly known as the Gap Yah, and with this new branding comes an unshakeable social stigma.