Holding Off on College

If the pressure for college is too much for you to bear, you may want to take some time to figure out what you’re going to do with your life. Many people I know jump into the college scene, switch their intended majors around, and ultimately take five or six years to graduate from college instead of the standard four. So, unless you are absolutely positive about the career field you are thinking of (and I mean, entirely, wholly, fully sure,) then holding off on college might be a good idea for you.

While taking a year off suggests fun, there are cons to think of. (photo by frontierofficial)

While taking a year off suggests fun, there are cons to think of. (photo by frontierofficial)

In fact, I know several college graduates that say this. One is an established teacher now, who regrets not taking time off – for the money she compiled in student loans for extra years of college gave her a tremendous pain! The other is a family member who just simply wishes she had stuck with her major throughout the years instead of switching back and forth between two – which did not save her time nor money as well.

As according to collegeconfidential, it is important to have goals if you are planning on using a “gap year.” The reason being that many students can end up in front of the computer screen or television and spend majority of their days there. Many people found that they were dissatisfied with their decisions once they realized how much “fun” their non-gap year friends were having, and they did not have many satisfying activities to keep them entertained.

If you are interested in knowing what are acceptable reasons to take a gap year, view this article by campusexplorer. In it describes a recharge of your batteries, a decision on your major, more time to build confidence, ease a transition into career, and get an internship, among others.

Many may be worried about taking a year off on the off-chance that they will fail to continue their education. However, statistically speaking, this rarely happens. Accordingly, most students can’t wait to jump back into the classroom environment – and actually tend to thrive more due to their new-found maturity and willingness to learn!

The prospect of a gap year is growing in popularity. There are, however, cons to the seemingly all-great gap year. As stated by mhsglobe, not only are there some people who statistically will never come back to school once out of the educational setting, but there is also the fact that one probably won’t do anything of great significance – making just going through with the college scene much more appealing.

At the end of the article, the author suggests that a gap year isn’t appropriate while kids are still young and not self-sufficient. Instead, he offers a different take – instead of taking a gap year before college, take it after college but before the rest of your life.

The great thing about it, no matter how many pros and cons are thrown in your face, is that it is your choice – granted you have consent in regards to your living arrangements.

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