Q: What did you gain from taking a gap year?
What would you like to say to peeps considering a gap year?
CLARA SAYS... "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. 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."
SAM SAYS... "I DEFINITELY FEEL A LOT MORE READY TO GO TO COLLEGE--A LOT MORE REJUVENATED."
"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."
STERLING SAYS... "BRAVERY AND COMPETENCE."
"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."
MINJI SAYS... "A GAP YEAR IS A GOOD WAY TO FEEL LESS ALONE ONCE YOU GET TO COLLEGE."
"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."
AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF, I FEEL "READY FOR SCHOOL!!"
OLIVIA SAYS... "IT WILL ONLY ENRICH YOUR COLLEGE AND POST-COLLEGE LIFE."
"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."
AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF, I FEEL "Much more mature, and I feel ready to jump back into school full force."
EMILY SAYS... "IT WAS THE BEST CHOICE I'VE MADE."
AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF, I FEEL "More centered, more ready for college, more aware of what I wanted out of college"
AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF, I FELT "like I had a clear sense of what I wanted to do with my life and the steps to achieve it."
AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF, I FEEL "Prepared and happy"
DEMRE SAYS... "IT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE"
"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."
AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF, I FEEL "refreshed and ready to start school!"
AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF, I FEEL "fulfilled, in touch with myself, and excited to take on more of life's adventures."