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I am currently in a gap year. I graduated from high school last year, and am working until August when I start school. It was easily the best decision I have ever made. I blew high school off, and didnt care about my education.
Over the past few months I have learned so much about myself. I have held several jobs, to get a feel of what I enjoy. I have been an apprentice in the electrical union, concert promoter, cook, and worked in a call center. I found out, I hate working in manual labor field, and call centers. Cooking is ok, but not worthy of a career. I am currently thinking about being a marketing major,and get into the concert field. My cousing works for Livenation, and has the best job in the world. Any concert for free, makes contacts with artists and professional athletes, gets paid to go to shows, and gets paid a good salary.
And also over the past few months, I regained a new respect for education. In high school I didnt care. Now I want to learn and suceed in life.
I'm in the middle of my "get in state" year break. Living in colorado, doing the same thing. I feel like it can work real well for some people or work against others. you just need to make sure you enroll into school again, or else you just become a statistic.
I am currently enrolled in a community college, staying at home and staying out of debt. I'm getting all my core classes out of the way and leaving with an Associates Degree of Art. I'm switching to all online classes this summer from here until I get my degree, that way I can travel. After that, I'm taking a year or two off. Don't do it if you're confused about what major you want, taking core classes can help give you an idea of what you like and don't like.
My best friend's mother died right after high school and he's taking a year off, he hasn't really made any effort into returning to school. I doubt he ever will.
LISTEN TO ME:
I was in the exact situation as you last year. I'm 18 years old, and I am currently finishing my season in Breckenridge. I am attending CU in the fall. I can tell you it was a great choice to do this. I am not in school at all (for once in 12 years!) and it is fantastic. I am a fairly intellectual individual, and self motivated, so I am excited to go to school in the fall. I have multiple friends going to school this year with no idea of what they wanted to do, and most are on acedemic probation this semester. I had a year to refresh myself, and genuinly chill before college, and next year i will go into it with a great attitude, totally ready to learn. I highly recommend it.
Hope that helped
PM me if you have any more questions.
Well I did an "alternative program" through the community college this year for my senoir year so I could go road tripping for a few months, it worked out great, didnt have to got to school, still graduate with everyone. I got to work and ski all winter... hella fun. And I was planning on taking a year off to do it again but without the little school I had to do. One day I was baked and thinking that I better fill out some college apps soon(this was about a month ago) cause deadlines were rolling up fast. So i scrambled, got my ass in gear, got accepted to a few, now I am just trying to figure out financial aid. I figured if I took another year off I would get to far out of the routine to ever want to return.
Long Story Short: I think I am going to go this year. If I dont now, I doubt I ever will...
you cant go back to college after
its the rule
For starters, I am graduating high school next year if that matters.
I plan on taking a year or two off to backpack around europe, asia, africa, auz and see/learn as much as possible. I'm super self motivated and do all my classes online right now so I'm not worried about not being able to go back to school. My main reason for this is that I will need to get a job right after school to pay off my debt from Uni which will tie me down and prevent me from being able to travel around to do what I want. I from people I've talked to who have taken a year off and people who haven't, the general consensus is to take a year off to travel, work little jobs and live for little coin. That being said, I dont mind not being able to afford many luxuries, I get my happiness from experiences and accomplishments rather than money and material "things".