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Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 12:08 AM

I'm graduating June 2010 and I've already applied to one college and still have two applications that I need to complete. The only reason I haven't completed them is because I'm contemplating a gap year. I think that a gap year would give me some stress relief and allow me to travel around a bit, but I'm afraid that I might take advantage of it and just sit around and be lazy all the time. My dad's planning on starting a business though, and he wants me to get involved, and I really want to, but there's also the risk of that not working out and me being left with nothing to do. So my question is: How do you feel about gap years and do you think it would be a good idea for me?
   
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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 12:14 AM

I wish I took a gap year, I would have had more time to think about what I wanted to do and wouldn't have wasted a bunch of money on University courses that ended up not mattering
I think it sounds like a good idea, you could help your dad out and if they doesn't work out you could get a job for 10 months or so and just spend 2 whole months traveling around. My dad did that, and he never regrets it, he got a cheap car and went to Mexico with his brothers and they just worked the odd job while living on the beach.
I'm sure you couldn't do that now, but you get my point.


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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 12:35 AM

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I wish I took a gap year, I would have had more time to think about what I wanted to do and wouldn't have wasted a bunch of money on University courses that ended up not mattering
I think it sounds like a good idea, you could help your dad out and if they doesn't work out you could get a job for 10 months or so and just spend 2 whole months traveling around. My dad did that, and he never regrets it, he got a cheap car and went to Mexico with his brothers and they just worked the odd job while living on the beach.
I'm sure you couldn't do that now, but you get my point.
Yeah, I'm so stuck on what I want to study. I can't think of anything, but at the same time there are those subjects that I'm semi-interested in. But why did they end up not mattering?
   
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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 12:53 AM

Because in the end I ended up just following my childhood dream and being an electrician (yes, my childhood dream was actually to be an electrician). So none of my university courses ended up mattering because I went to Tech School after 2 years of trying to figure out what I wanted to do in university.


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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 03:09 AM

I'm on a gap year at the minute..
I change my mind a lot & didn't know what I wanted to do at uni.
I liked a class one min & hated it the next
So I decided to take a year out, not to travel or anything, just to figure out what to do next.
I have however been lazy and done nothing in the last few years.
But I have finally decided on a course and have applied for it.

Taking a gap year is different for everybody but I found that in my situation, it has really helped as I havn't wasted a year to figure out I don't like the course & waste alot of money.
But it's really your decision in the end.
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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 11:08 AM

Make some plans! Make plans to go travelling or help build schools and other volunteer schemes. It's very easy to waste a year and that really doesn't serve any purpose except wasting time and money but if you make plans you'll easily fill a year.

You could get a job for a few months to save up money too
if I don't get into medicine this year I'll be taking a gap year
I'm going to be working for a few months to save up money and then go travelling to Africa to help on a volunteer scheme. Fun! I've easily filled a year once I started looking into schemes.
   
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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 11:32 AM

I'm on a gap year!! And I love it!!
I work in a primary school which has made me get up and go ... my work ethic in the last year of school was poor like "Oh that class isn't so important I'll just go in late", but working has made me realise how to take things more seriously. Plus when I finally get to uni I'll have some more money to start off with. AND any work / travelling you do is great experience to put down when applying.
Personally I'd recommend it. Even if you only decide to do part time work. It's a great experience, and gives you a break from the ridiculous amount of studying you have to do


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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 08:14 PM

Gap years may offer lower stress; however sometimes people who start school after that have lower work drive. It can be hard to get back in the habit of studing ect. If you are shomeone who has low moctivation I would not advise a gap year.
   
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Re: Gap Year - December 24th 2009, 11:50 PM

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Gap years may offer lower stress; however sometimes people who start school after that have lower work drive. It can be hard to get back in the habit of studing ect. If you are shomeone who has low moctivation I would not advise a gap year.
Actually I've found the complete opposite!
Those who have had a gap year and arrange a place during their gap year always seem to be more focused once they get there because
a) they know what they want to do, without a doubt
b) they've experienced the real world
c) they're a year older. A year isn't much in the grad scheme of things, but when you're 18, you're a lot older after just one year. Maturity really improves your motivation and determination.
   
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Re: Gap Year - December 25th 2009, 01:57 AM

I'm strictly on a gap year, but I'm not going back I've now got an income and I feel so much more important in the big scheme of things ... I've made loads of new friends, can afford to run a car (Although i can't drive yet ), and I'm completely focused on where I want to go... Sure I'm not going to get as far as some people with degrees, but when they come out of uni in 3 years time I'll likely already be working at my dream job, thats the plan anyways!

If you go to uni, taking a gap year will be much harder, if you take a gap year, going to uni after is no problem . I would say though if I DID want to go back, I still could, but make sure not to buy a phone contract or anything with a constant expense which relies on you having a job, once your at uni it'll only be a problem



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Re: Gap Year - December 25th 2009, 05:56 PM

Hi there! I'm currently taking a gap year.
I had applied to uni and was accepted but I didnt think that the program I was selecting was what I wanted to do. After I finished high school, I traveled for about a month and loved it. Soon enough, I'll be doing it again, this time with a government program. And now, I definitely know what I want to do. I've already been accepted to one university for next fall, I'm just waiting to hear from the others.

I suggest that you still apply to college because you might end up changing your mind at the last minute. But if you're still not sure about what you want to do, I suggest taking the year off.

I wanted to take the year off but I didn't want to get lazy and sit around the house all year so I applied to this government program. I suggest doing something like that, because it'd be really hard to slack off if there's something or someone motivating you.

I didn't want to go into a program that I wasn't sure about, because I knew that I'd just waste money and my year. The program would be very hard and I'd probably end up switching anyways.
   
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