Do not view the gap year as wasted time. Yes, you are not in school for a year, but it does not mean you are not doing anything. You can do a lot of things on that given time which could help you later in life. These are a few reasons why taking a gap year could be great for you.
When you take a
year off and you gave yourself enough time to rest after graduating high
will feel refreshed and recalibrated. You will be prepared to take
on the challenges ahead. You can concentrate on your academics when it is time
to go back to school. You will not crave for travels when you decided that you
will finally study because you already had your turn during the gap year.
When you stayed
in the same country where everyone in your community speaks the same language,
it could be challenging for you to learn a new
language. One of the best ways to do it is by learning with the
locals in another country. It allows you to learn organically instead of being
in a classroom. You learn the words as you see them or as explained to you by
the people you meet along the road. Being bilingual or multilingual is useful
when applying for a job in the future.
One of the reasons
why some people have a very limited view of the world is because they see
things through the same lens. They might even be discriminating towards other
countries and cultures because they did not see and interact with those people.
During the gap year, you will have the chance to speak with people from another
culture. You will understand their way of life. You will know why they have
strong beliefs towards something. You do not need to change your personal
beliefs, but you will at least have an open mind.
When you have been living with your parents for almost your entire life, you become too dependent. You don’t even know how to manage your finances when they are not around you. When traveling on a gap year, you will force yourself to be independent. You will learn to budget your money because you have no one else to call when you face money problems. You learn how to solve things without constantly asking for help. When you face tough problems in the future, you will not be bothered anymore.
When you add
these experiences on your resume, it will become attractive. You can find the
best universities where you can learn from quality professors. When applying
for a job, your employers will also see your experience of traveling around the
world as an asset.
Being on a gap
year is not a waste of time. Plan what you are going to do before you embark on
any adventure and come back with tons of learning.
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