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  4 months ago

Why Is Taking A Gap Year A Good Idea?

A gap year is typically known as a sabbatical year that is usually taken by students after high school. The aim of taking a gap year is to provide students with an opportunity to discover themselves and decide what type of education and career pathway they wish to pursue.

There are many benefits for students taking a gap year before starting college. These list of benefits will not only make you a better student, but it will make you a more versatile individual.

The benefits of taking a gap year
Excelling in college:
Taking a gap year before college will allow you to perform and excel better when you decide to attend college. What this means is that having a year off between completing high school and starting college persevere you take your education more seriously. It allows you to explore the world in great detail, discover how the world operates first-hand and understand the value of education.

You will have enough time to think about your future:
Taking a gap year will give you time to think about what your passion in life is and what you should study in order to pursue your passion. So often many students do not take the time to figure out what it is that they want to achieve in life. Try to avoid making costly decisions because before you know it, it will be too late and you are either stuck with a career or degree that does not appeal to you and your passion.

Exploring and experiencing what the world has to offer:
Not many people are blessed with the opportunity to travel the world. Many students start their career immediately after graduating leaving them with no time to explore the world. By taking a gap year it will give students the opportunity to travel the world and explore new experiences. It will be the perfect time to reflect, learning more about yourself and how you want to change and add value to the world through your experiences.

Learning to become independent:
Whether you are traveling or working it teaches you how to be your own person and instill a sense of independence in people. As a student, you spend most of your life under the wing of your parents or close relatives. By taking a gap year, you will become independent, be able to set your own schedule and be your own person. Learning to be independent and taking full responsibility will not only benefit you during your college years but throughout your life. This is something a lot of students do not learn at a young age until later in life.

Less likely to reach burnout:
If you do not take care of your overall well-being, you will become stressed and reach a level of burnout. Reach burnout is not conducive for reaching your ultimate success in college. Therefore, being able to take the time will give you the time off that you need to recuperate and enter your college life rejuvenated and ready to learn.

Overall, with all the benefits of taking a gap year before starting college you will become a more well-rounded person. It will create so many positive opportunities in your life. There are so many things to do, achieve and explore all of which will lead to an enjoyable and successful college experience and a life filled with many rewards.

Did you take a gap year after matric and did you find it beneficial in deciding what career to take. I didn't but feel it was an incorrect decision as I feel I ended up making the incorrect choices for my future.


  4 months ago
I didn't take a gap year but i believe that if i did it could have helped a lot in choosing my career


  4 months ago
I did but it didn't work for me..


  4 months ago
I didn’t take a gap year


  4 months ago
It's never too late to take a gap year :) Where would you choose if you could go now?


  4 months ago
I am exactly the same as you. I wasted university education on something I did not have a passion for.


  4 months ago
No, I went straight to medical school.I wasted years studying something I did not have passion for.I wish I did take a gap year to find myself more and think thoroughly about the future I want.


  4 months ago
I think its a good idea to check out what you really want to do and also to use this time wisely.

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