“Want to get into Harvard? Take the year off” — CBS MoneyWatch

Lynn O’Shaughnessy — author of the critically acclaimed book, The College Solution, and contributor to BusinessWeek, USA Today, Money Magazine, and The New York Times — suggests in her recent article “Want to get into Harvard? Take the year off,” that a gap year may be one way to help students get into elite schools, and then perform better once at those schools.

“A student, who was rejected by Grinnell College, spent the year teaching English abroad and received good news the next time she applied to the elite liberal arts college. A student, who got into Duke after experiencing a gap year, ended up becoming a Rhodes Scholar.”

Check out Lynn O’Shaughnessy’s argument for the benefits of getting out into the world before college