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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Going Back to School

Hello!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve blogged anything, but my job got hectic and I got busy and neglected to post. However, I am not going to let that be an excuse anymore and look forward to get back into posting regularly.

This August I am going back to school. I am really excited to do so, though, the closer it gets to the 20th the more I find my nervousness creeping up. It’s been two years since I’ve been a student in a classroom setting, and though I know these past two years have been full of incredible learning. I know that two years without being in a classroom will be an adjustment.

It took me two years to decide going to college was the right choice for me, and though most of my colleagues are going into their junior years I don’t have any regrets in that decision to wait.

Two years ago I was tired of school. I was tired of the expectation from adults that I had to go to college right away. I was daunted by the applications and FAFSA and all the change and effort that goes into starting a successful college career. In high school I was doing the bare minimum to get by, as I never truly needed to exert myself in order to be doing well. I also had a naive notion that once I graduated high school I could work a crappy job but all my creative endeavors would have an instant pay off. To which I quickly learned was not the case.

Taking two years was a necessary step for me. I have always been one that has their head in the clouds. I can’t help but be day dreaming constantly. And though I love dreaming, it has left me a bit lacking in the reality department. If I’ve learned anything these past two years it’s that success is not instant, and it certainly helps to find opportunities that will water you; allowing you to grow.

However, I realize that without that two year hiatus I never would’ve learned that lesson and I would have not taken college seriously. I would have skipped classes or continued with my high school mantra of bare minimum.

This two years has changed me in positive ways when it comes to education. I am beyond excited to start my classes and I’ll be going into this school year with a strong resolve and determination for learning.

This post is not to sway anyone to take a gap year (or two) before going to college, but rather just to remind everyone that there is no time limit to doing things. Or there is no right or wrong way to achieve education.