Why I Took a Gap Year(or two)

I’m now into my 5th week of college and it has been a whirlwind. I will admit I was highly nervous to start, though the first day passed by with ease.

To say it’s been a whirlwind has been an understatement, and though it hasn’t been the longest time I can already appreciate my taking two years off before going to college.

Here are some of the reasons why I am thankful for taking a break that don’t involve expensive year long travels that many people I know would never be able to afford:

  1. Taking classes seriously

By the time I had graduated high school I was barely going to class and doing the minimum amount required of me to maintain my GPA. If I had entered college the summer after graduation I would have taken that same mindset with me and I would not have tried as hard as I am now. Now that I am truly passionate about my education I can take my classes and homework seriously and put my full amount of effort into it and listen to constructive criticisms.

2. Know what I want to study

Taking two years allowed me the time to ponder over the specifics of what I wanted to study. I have known for awhile that I have wanted to write, but that is pretty open ended in terms of a specific area of study. Now that I know what I like to write and what I want to do with my life I can make sure I am only taking classes that I am interested in or will get me closer to completing my major.

3. More confident in myself

When I graduated high school and in the two years between then and now I have gained so much more confidence than I ever could have imagined I would have one day. Though I still believe I have a ways to go it is tremendoulsy improved. I have more motivation to try as well, which I have found boosts my confidence

4. Ready to be involved

When I was in high school I had absolutely no school spirit. If possible I had negative school spirit. And now though I can poke fun at the fact that my school mascot is the same animal as Arthur, I am proud of where I am. I am also eager to be a part of my school’s offered activities, especially in the writing department.

5. More life experience

I can say with certainty that I have more life experience than I did at 18 years of age. Still at 20 I have no idea what I am doing half the time; but what I have learned in two years has helped me in setting myself up for success. Much of college writing in my communications and sociology classes is pulled from experience and without this two years of being in the workforce I would be at a disadvantage. My time management skills have also improved; which is needed for the large amounts of homework my classes leave me with.

In the end you have to do what it best for you. If you are ready to go into college immediately after high school that it superb! All the more power to you. I am not trying to influence anyone one way or the other, however I want to break the stigma of taking a break before going to college, or not going to college at all. College is not, nor should it be for everyone as there are many career paths that are enjoyable and successful without going through the traditional college role. It’s what is best for us as individuals, and I hope to give more of an insight into a different route than what it considered “normal” by societal standards.

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