I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of a gap year; a year in between high school and college or between the four years of college or even after college where students and graduates take a break from school to find other opportunities outside of school to gain special life experience.
Gap Year Between High School and College
Now in truth, this should be planned ahead of time, probably around junior year of high school. Get your plans on paper then when you start college searching in senior year, you can go to these colleges and ask about deferment. Deferment is an opportunity to have your freshman year deferred to next year while you take a gap year. You’ll still be enrolled, you’ll just start next year. The idea of a Gap Year is becoming a great investment in the eyes of colleges. Each year, they enroll students who take their first year of freedom and squander their education. A gap year helps guide young adults to become socially mature so when they go to college the next year, they’ll be able to focus on their studies.
Gap Year Between the Four Years of College
For many of us though, we didn’t hear about a Gap Year until it was too late. If you think that way, you’re actually wrong. Taking a Gap Year between the four years of college might actually help you in the long run. Employers hire college graduates with experience. Why hire a college grad with only booksmarts when you can hire someone who took advantage of the opportunities out there and gained important experience.
So where ever you are in life, consider a gap year for yourself, a friend or a family member. Have a fun weekend!
P.S I must say though, I am not an expert in Gap Year subject matter. The facts I have put down here are just things I have heard and read. I highly recommend you talk to your college/high school advisor about deferment and Gap Years.