Why You Should Take a Gap Year

Why You Should Take a Gap Year

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I never took a gap year. I should have. Instead, I went from college to college, taking every other semester off because I felt trapped and unsure of my future.  This ultimately caused more self doubt.  I always wanted to work for myself but the majority of people in my life made it seem that being an entrepreneur was an unrealistic goal.  So, I worked a variety of jobs longing to leave my home town. Then finally I moved from city to city still searching for..well, that's the thing, I have no idea what I was searching for, and that is why I wish I had taken a gap year.  I would have had the opportunity to evolve and find what truly inspired me. 

A gap year would have helped me realize what really matters.  I would have traveled and discovered parts of myself that were not found until 10 years later.  I would not suggest a gap year if you are just staying in the place you graduated high-school, go out and DO. I suggest getting out there and discovering new parts of the world that you have never been, learn a new trade and spend most of your days outdoors.  Actually enjoy your life and take everything in before you spend the next 4-6 years glued to a desk.  This will spark a passion in your soul that you did not know was there.  It may even help sway your future in a more positive light. This may help you graduate with a degree that you actually care about rather than what everyone is telling you to pursue. 

"Research has shown that "gappers" perform better in school than their peers. A 2011 study at Middlebury College conducted by its former dean of admissions Robert Clagett found that students who had taken a year off had consistently higher GPAs than those who didn’t. "A lot of our students say when they enter as freshman that they have a greater sense of purpose in their studies," says Princeton’s Bridge Year Director John Luria."{Source: USAnews}

Now I am spending the rest of my life as a gap year. :)  I graduated with a degree that I am no longer interested in pursuing.  Jobs that are posted are available to anyone with a HS diploma so they can't even pay my student loans.   My degree is essentially useless.   I am finally becoming an entrepreneur, but I believe I would have gone after this dream much sooner if I had taken a gap year.  I learned more from moving around the country than I ever did in four years of university. I should have spent one year after high-school finding myself because I think I would be much further along with my life.  So if you're considering a gap year. Do it. Don't wait. Take it from me. 

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