Top 5 Reasons You Should Take A Gap Year

February 25, 2019Shanese

I wish I got the chance to take a gap year before school. With the kind of parents I have, I don’t think I would have been able to. Actually, I don’t think they know what one is. Plus I doubt they’d understand why I would take one in the first place.

I believe that they’re of the mindset that once you’re done with high school then it’s straight to college. And if not, then you have to find yourself a job. But anyways, enough about me, let me tell what a gap year is first.

What Is A Gap Year?

A gap year is a year long break a person takes after high school before going to college. Some persons take more than a year due to personal reasons. Now that we know or understand what a gap year is, let me tell you why taking one can be a really good idea. Heck, it may be the best decision you ever make.

5 Reasons You Should Take A Gap Year

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Choosing The “Right” Degree

A gap year gives you time to think about what degree you want to pursue. A lot of times, persons start off in the “wrong” degree and then switch to something else. I know a few persons who’ve done this. So it’s best to think about what it is that you truly want to do.

You could have done the sciences in high school but then realized you prefer more art based or business type courses. With taking a gap year, you can easily weigh your options and there’s no rush. Even if you started out in the “wrong” degree, you have more options to choose from the list you’ve created.

Just be sure that whatever you choose, is something that you truly want to do. Because at the end of it all, while your parents are funding your education, it’s all about you and what makes you happy.

Finances

The university of your dreams is probably very expensive. And even with all the scholarships you’ve gotten, you still need money to support yourself. So the best thing to do is to get a job or take out a loan. I think finding a job is a better idea because this way, you have some form of work experience.

A loan equals debt and you don’t want that. They take years to repay plus each loan has interests, which does grow. I’m sure you don’t want a bad credit score. Even if you have to take more than one year off before starting college, at least you will have your finances in order.

Travel

The best time to travel the world or even within your own country is when you’re taking a gap year. Sure you have to think about the expenses of it all but it’s worth it. You’ll be able to see different places, experience different cultures, taste different food, learn a whole new language. I know, sounds amazing right?

Plus during a gap year is the best time to travel because when you start working a full-time job, you won’t get that much time to travel. And guess what, you can become a travel blogger if you’ve decided that you don’t want to go to university. But guess what, you can even do both! I’ve seen a lot of student travel discounts floating around the Internet that you could snag easily.

I know you may want your friends along with you when you’re travelling to these places, but it’s fun to meet new people and learn about the world as you go along your journey. So if you’re taking a gap year, I believe you should definitely travel to somewhere new. And like I said, you don’t even have to leave your country.

Freedom

Freedom is really an amazing thing. Once you get to college, you won’t be as free as you’d like to be. With this opportunity of freedom during your gap year, you get the chance to be independent. Majority of your life is spent being highly dependent on your parents.

This not only allows you to be independent, but it also lets your parents see that you’re capable of taking care of yourself. Now, don’t get me wrong, there will be instances where you need your parents because who doesn’t need their moms or their dads.

But at the end of the day, you’re taking a step into adulthood. And there’s no better way to experience it firsthand than when you’re out on your own doing your thing – whatever that thing may be.

Find Yourself

I know the idea and the thought of going to college can be very daunting. Heck, sometimes it’s stressing because you have to think about finances and such. Maybe, you’re not into the idea of going to college and that’s perfectly fine. There are a lot of successful persons who don’t have a college degree or those who started college and then dropped out like Bill Gates.

Taking a gap year to figure out what you want to do with your life is very refreshing. Discover a hobby that you may end up liking and then turn it into something profitable. Let’s face it, you can’t keep living off your parents forever.

Find yourself, build your confidence and your self-esteem. And if you realize that getting your Bachelors is something you want to do, start looking into financial options and choose what you want your major to be. Take the time to figure out what you want to do with your life. If you can, take a trip somewhere just for the fun of it.

Final Thoughts

I believe every student should take a gap year after high school. But only if you’re unsure about college and wondering if it’s something you want to do for 3-4 years. It’s best to take a gap year before college and not during, like after your first or second year.

Even though I never thought of taking a gap year myself, I know it would be a really great experience for anyone who is considering to take one. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who took a gap year before college and let them tell you about their experience and the reason why they chose to take one.

But don’t fret, if you missed the opportunity to take one before college, you can always take it after. No one will judge you for taking a gap year. They may be a little envious because it’s something they wish they could have done. Be the envy of the crowd. Just be sure to make your gap year as productive and fun as you possibly can.

So tell me, is a gap year something you would want to take and why?

For those who’ve been through college (or not), did you take a gap year? Was it worth it? What tips do you have for persons who want to take a gap year?

And if you haven’t taken a gap year, do you wish you did and why?

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Also share this post with your friends and family that are about to finish high school, it could really help them out.

Comments (5)

  • knurly

    March 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I do not wish I had taken a gap year. I am already behind on graduation, I can’t imagine where I’d be if I had taken a gap year. On the flip side, perhaps I would have picked the right major to begin with, and would not be so behind due to changing majors.

    1. Shanese

      March 6, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Well, I hope the major you switched to is something that you really want to do and enjoy doing despite feeling like you’re behind on graduating. Sometimes we have to sacrifice something to be happy. Plus you’re almost done (I assume) so you’ll be graduating in no time.

      1. knurly

        March 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm

        Haha, not even close to done. Getting there, though!

  • Moushmi Radhanpara

    March 21, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Yes, I agree with you. The gap year does tend to make your mind a little clearer.

    1. Shanese

      March 21, 2019 at 7:18 am

      It definitely does! Thank you for stopping by 😊

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