Gap Year

Posted by Annastazia Allgire on 1/24/2019 7:00:00 AM

A gap year between high school and college, while not uncommon, isn’t something a lot of people considered. A gap year is when a student takes a year between high school and college to take a break from school (usually by travelling) to decompress before starting college.

 

There are many things to take into account when considering taking a gap year, there are a plethora of benefits but many draw backs. Gap years can provide you with many opportunities, many of which you cannot receive elsewhere.

 

Benefits

  1. Opportunity to learn in different ways

Taking a year away from the confining walls of a classroom and taking a step into the real world can widen horizons in ways you can’t imagine. That year will allow you to immerse yourself in cultures different from your own and expose you to different lifestyles and beliefs. You could even learn a new language.

  1. Gain new experiences

Apart from being able to learn new and different thing, you might also be able to gain some new life experiences that will certainly help you later on in life.

  1. Discover more about yourself

Taking time off will allow you to discover things about yourself. For example, you could learn more about what you like, what career path you would like to take, discover hidden passions, or perfect a skill.

  1. Develop life skills

Your extra year in the real world will give you time to build and improve life skills such as balancing checkbooks, making decisions, and living on our own, possibly for the first time.

  1. Opportunity to breath and have fun

If nothing else you time away will let you relax and have a bit of fun, which could really help you in the long run.

 

All this isn’t to say that a gap year doesn’t have its drawbacks, there are certain thing that you must know before deciding if a gap year is right for you.

 

Drawbacks

  1. Cost

Not only can the price of a gap year program be higher than normal, but also the cost of living is something to think about.

  1. Some may not understand

People in your life, parents, teachers, friends, may disagree or not approve of your decision to take a year off. However, you have to do what is best for you.

  1. Easy to get disorganized

If you do not do the proper research or take the right path, it can be really easy to become overwhelmed and waste you year and money.

  1. You may not be ready

You have to consider where you are at in your life and if you are ready to take a year off and if its really the best choice for you.

 

There are a lot of factors when deciding whether of not to take a gap year. However, if you do it properly it could very well be one of the best experiences of your life. Here are a few tips to help you with your decision.

 

Tips

  1. Do your research!
  2. Find what is best for you
  3. Think about your goals and where you want to go in life
  4. Talk to your family
  5. Keep your options open

 

All in all, gap years are extremely beneficial. However, they are not for everyone. Don’t be afraid to look at your options even if you’ve never considered certain things before