By Charlotte Lane
When people talk about the benefits of a gap year the obvious pros are mentioned: being able to work and save up money for college expenses, gain experience in the work world, independence, learning how to be self sufficient, determining what you want to pursue and overall mature more.
There are four types of a gap year
The first is a personal gap year. This is when individuals focus on hobbies and personal interests, allowing time to do something you have always wanted to do but “never had the time for.”
The second is an academic gap year. This gap year involves exploring schooling and finding your specific major or school. It allows students to be enrolled in 1-2 college courses in order to determine if this subject is something they would be interested in pursuing.
Third is an immersion gap year. This is when students can spend time abroad in an unfamiliar culture with an unfamiliar family. This time gives students opportunities to learn a new language, experience a different way of living, and push themselves out of their comfort zone.
The last opportunity is a volunteer gap year. This is a time where students can focus on leaving a positive impact on people and places. Volunteer work allows students to learn new skills, experience diverse cultures, and create a community of their own.
So why should I take a gap year?
Throughout high school, students spend the majority of time focusing on their education, and it can be extremely tiring. Even though students are burnt out so much pressure has been put on by peers, friends and parents to go to college. This glorified experience has been planted inside student’s brains since the start of middle school. So, students rush into college courses, sometimes not ready to do so, even though it is healthy to take a break from school and reconstruct yourself.
Here are ten reasons I think gap years are worth it
- DISCOVER YOUR INTERESTS
- BUILD LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS
- PREPARE FOR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO
- LEARN A NEW LIFE SKILL
- BECOME A MORE WELL-ROUNDED PERSON
- LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
- SEE A NEW COUNTRY OR STATE
- SAVE UP MONEY
- BUILD RESUME
- GET TO KNOW YOURSELF
Stop asking yourself if you should take a gap year, and start asking yourself why not.
Visit this site to explore gap year resources: https://www.globalcitizenyear.org/gap-year-resources
Now go discover what’s right for you!