Have you considered going on a gap year before heading to college? If it’s not on your plan, you should seriously consider it. Besides, there’s no rush to go to college. The universities will always be there. However, the experience you will get from traveling to other places is incomparable. You might even learn a lot during your gap year than your entire stay in college.
You can immerse in new cultures
When you’ve never been outside your country, you’re missing out on too many things. You should travel and immerse in new cultures. You will learn a lot from people’s lifestyles. Some of them are unique, and you might be inspired to use them in your daily life. The knowledge obtained from this experience will make your richer and more satisfied.
You can put it on your resume
When you visited other countries before college, some employers see it as an advantage. You can even have it on your resume. The reason is that your experience can make you a better person. It may also help you navigate complicated life challenges. Employers want to have people in their team with this unique experience.
You want to prepare for college
You’ve been studying your entire life. You didn’t want it, but you had no choice. You moved from one level to another, and didn’t have enough time to process everything. Therefore, it pays if you decide to pause before going to college. When you’re ready, you will perform better. You can see positive changes with your academic performance.
Another advantage is you will also know which career you should pursue. If you don’t have any idea yet, traveling will help. You will see the world and have a bigger perspective. In the process, you will realize what it is that you want to do in life.
You will be busy studying
Once you start college, it will be four or five years of being busy. There will be a few weeks of break in between, but you will focus your attention on school. You can’t enjoy what life has to offer while you’re devoted to finishing your degree. If you get there, you can at least say that you’ve already made the most of your gap year.
You will be more independent
The goal of formal education isn’t only to teach you academic ideas. It also includes independence. Your experience will allow you to stand on your feet. It’s even more meaningful if it’s your first time to be away from family. Unless you’re force in such a situation, you will never learn. You will carry this experience with you forever.
Given these reasons, it’s in your best interest to pursue a gap year. You can also volunteer while traveling to make your trip more meaningful. You will go back home as a better person. Talk to your family and explain why you decided to take this path. They will support you if you can justify it.
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