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Hilary Anderson, Freelance Reporter
12:03 pm CDT September 11, 2017
Olivia Varones is doing something different than many of her peers this September. She is taking a gap year between her 2017 graduation from Highland Park High School and becoming a freshman at California’s Pomona College. Varones is among a growing number of young people who postpone starting college life to do other things like volunteering, working, or gaining experiences in areas that interest them.