Taking A Gap Year
4 awesome reasons why taking a gap year is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make
Ok, I might be a tad biased. Yes, I may have taken a gap year after I finished school. But I really and truly do believe that the benefits of taking a year between school and university or perhaps between school and the workforce is, well, priceless!
I’ve read a few articles on why people are against students taking a gap year, and quite honestly, I think their reasons are ridiculous (that’s not the word I wanted to use, but it does the job). Such as “you’ll be homesick” and “you’ll be a year behind”. Excuse me? Are you for real? Clearly everyone is on the affirmative for taking a gap year because these aren’t even real reasons. A year behind what? Life? Honestly.
Now my rant is over. Here are the 4 awesome reasons!
1. You’re Not Sure What To Do With Your Life
I feel like this is a point I’ve mentioned before, but it’s still important. I know very few people who knew the exact career path they wanted to take, went to university and are still on the same path. Circumstances change, people change.
Why go straight to university when you have absolutely no idea what you want to study? Taking a gap year might not give you all the answers to life, but it will certainly open your mind to different opportunities, different cultures and perhaps different careers that you didn’t even know existed. I know when I was at school, I was extremely narrow minded in what kind of jobs were out there. When you travel and see the world, you are privy to a whole new way of life.
2. Take A Break
So you’ve just finished thirteen years going through school and now you want to start another 3-5 year degree? Why?
Most of the people I knew from school did exactly this and by the time they get half way through their degrees, they are itching. They want to travel, they want to take a break, and they are absolutely run down.
Many people think that taking a gap year will put you behind your studies. If you ask me, this is complete lie. If anything, a gap year works like a refresh button. You take the year to travel, work, meet people, and you come back ready to face the next step. Refreshed.
3. Do It While You’re Young
You’ve just finished school; it’s likely you have about zero responsibilities. What a perfect time to book a ticket, pack a bag and jet set! There won’t be too many more perfect opportunities like that.
4. It’s Lame, But Seriously, You’ll Learn Stuff
Ok, I’m just going to say this once. While you’re on your gap year, you will not only learn about the world, you will learn about yourself. Done. I know that that’s a pretty standard thing to say, but it’s true. I really do think you can tell the people who have travelled from those haven’t. It’s something about the way that they present themselves. They know who they are.
It’s not that you travel to some exotic destination and “find yourself”. But when you take a gap year, you have to make decisions, and deal with situations on your own. You learn how to be around yourself. And I think this is the most important thing, because it’s something you’ll never lose.
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