Malia Obama with her father, US President Barack Obama, last month. The White House has announced Malia will take a year out after high school before beginning her studies at Harvard University in 2017. Photo: AFP

Malia Obama part of growing wave of US students taking a gap year before college

Increasingly, high-achieving students in the US are doing what many in Europe have long done - take a year out before starting university. So what are the advantages, and the limitations?

Topic |   Parenting: teens

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Malia Obama with her father, US President Barack Obama, last month. The White House has announced Malia will take a year out after high school before beginning her studies at Harvard University in 2017. Photo: AFP
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