Why does Harvard University actively encourage a constructive Gap Year ?

Harvard students

https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/preparing-college/should-i-take-time


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“Many speak of their year away as a “life-altering” experience or a “turning point,” and most feel that its full value can never be measured and will pay dividends the rest of their lives.”

— Admissions Dept. Harvard University