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it's a popular idea, but you have to decide which is more important to you, getting a college education or getting the deep stuff.
personally, i knew that if i took time off after hs, i probably wouldnt have put the effort in to go back to college later in life, and that the timing was best for me to just do it right away due to scholarships and the such. i ended up being motivated to finish school in 4 years, and then moved out west. in hindsight, it was a great decision. college was a blast, and now im skiing the worlds greatest snow.
if you realize that a high percentage of people who don't go directly to college after hs or leave college early do not end up returning despite their intentions, and you are ok with that, do it. do what makes you happy, just be sure you make the right choice for you, not for what you think other people may see as the way to go.