A YEAR OFF,
"More certain of my priorities, and of how I want to live life." ~ JIYOUNG J.
I learned to ask myself why I hold the values that I do, and why I want to pursue certain lifestyles. At school, I didn't really have the chance to ask myself why I choose to do the things that I do, but during my time off, having complete control over what I could do for the first time, I became a lot more aware of my values and how I want to incorporate them into my life.
"Ready for school!!" ~ MINJI C.
After senior year, everyone has a hard time going from knowing most people at school to knowing nearly no one in college. You just feel lost... During your gap year, you're not in a tight social community, and that encourages you to be a lot more independent. A gap year helps you transition into college.
"I definitely matured as a person, and I find that college is going to be so much easier after having been so far from home." ~ CLARA S.
Do it. I’m thinking about what my first year in college would have been like if I hadn’t taken a gap year—and I just think it was a really great idea to take a year off to grow more into myself before throwing myself into a new school.
"Much more mature, and I feel ready to jump back into school full force." ~ OLIVIA
Taking a gap year allows for a break of sorts from the academic grind. If you feel frazzled from high school, taking a "mental health" year is a great idea, and honestly it's great even if you're not frazzled. Take the time to learn about yourself and others. It will only enrich your college and post-college life.
"A lot more ready to go to college. A lot more rejuvenated."
~ SAM B.
I’m very, very glad that I took a gap year so I can have a different perspective on how the world works and what makes people happy. I know now that there are many different ways to feel fulfilled and to make the world a better place.
"More centered, more ready for college, more aware of what I wanted out of college." ~ EMILY
"Like I had a clear sense of what I wanted to do with my life and the steps to achieve it." ~ HANNA
"Prepared and happy." ~ ANONYMOUS
"Refreshed and ready to start school!" ~ DEMRE
Do it for sure! It was the best year of my life, I learned so much and grew in ways I won't ever be able to grow in college. I have seen and done more than a lot of my peers and I will never be this free to travel as I please again. It was the best decision ever.
"Fulfilled, in touch with myself, and excited to take on more of life's adventures." ~ CAILA
"More mature, [and like I have] better perspective." ~ CODY
"Prepared for school, energized, excited for school, and wiser." ~ JESSICA G.
"Brave and competent." ~ STERLING D.
I also learned how to not feel awkward, because I felt so awkward speaking Spanish, that I will never feel that awkward speaking in English to anybody ever again.
"Rejuvenated, excited for life, motivated, globally aware, self aware, and new."
~ KATIE K.
"Ready to go back to school, and I had more of an idea of what exactly I would like to study." ~ ANONYMOUS
"I had a clear sense of what I wanted to do with my life and the steps to achieve it." ~ HANNAH
"Experienced." ~ NETHANIEL O.
"I am mentally prepared to respect the institution and get the most out of it." ~ PIPER
"Not afraid of unexpected things." ~ GLENDA
"I had a much better understanding of how the world worked and how I could fit into it, a little more disillusioned, too :P" ~KATRIONA
"More prepared for the world outside of school." ~ ELLY T.
"Glad not to be married to an educational track, empowered to make my own friends outside of institutions and programmed stuff." ~ MARIA M.
"Hungrier and refreshed and more 'into it,' schoolwise and lifewise." ~ SAMUEL B.
"Emotionally prepared to return to education." ~ SETH M.
"Way more experienced and mature." ~ CAMI K.
"So much more comfortable with myself and the world and very ready for college!" ~ SOPHIE E.
"More independent, more mature, more ready and excited for school!"
~ SOPHIA K-L.
"Refreshed and ready to go back to school with a clearer idea of what I wanted my education to be." ~ RACHEL
"Stronger, smarter, more aware, braver, happier. " ~ REIN
"More grown up." ~ ANONYMOUS
I was really into the party/hookup scene before I left and a part of the reason I took time off was because things were taking a turn south with that. Now that I've found something I'm really interested in I know I owe it to myself to not get so fucked up that I end up passed out on the pavement.