7 Reasons to Take a Gap Year before College ...


I took a public speaking class in my senior year of high school where we were asked why we wanted to go to college, ultimately opening up the conversation for reasons to take a gap year.

After all, they do it in Europe all the time!

In reality, it’s almost more commonplace than rushing into university.

After attending one semester this fall, the reasons to take a gap year got the better of me and I took a leave of absence for the next year.

An adventure I’m ready to take on.

1. Money

Let’s face the fact that college is expensive.

Many students rush to get loans and graduate hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Reasons to take a gap year before college may be wiser for the wallet than you may believe.

A year changes you with your experiences so by the time you’re ready to go to college, you’re more committed to what you want to study.2

It’s more of an investment then, rather than using it as insurance of getting a job.

Not all college graduates get jobs immediately after school or get work pertaining to their field.

2. Break

Whether or not you attended a high school or received your GED equivalent, you’ve been in school for a while.

It’s mandatory that students receive formal education until age 16.

That’s a considerable amount of years spent studying and learning.

And as great as it is that you can list the causes of World War II in your neatly-organized powerpoint, it most likely does not have applicable nature to your job.

And how can you know what you want to pursue if you’ve never gotten out there and worked to figure it out.

Plus, sometimes you just need a break from the academic pressures.

3. World Experience

A gap year is a good way to start getting a sense of the real world.

College has its perks but the real world doesn’t provide you a job, take care of your food needs, or give you a realistic expectation for what life after graduation will be.

Your housing, meal plan, work-study-job, and flexibility with your schedule is a luxury.

What’s more, taking a year off gives you the availability to travel.

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