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Gap year? (Long) - May 13th 2010, 07:23 PM

I'll be graduating from high school in two weeks. I have a full scholarship waiting for me at one of the country's most well respected private schools outside Ivy League. You would think I'd be ecstatic, but I don't want to go. I thought I did, and I'm sure it would be a great opportunity, but I don't think it would be worth giving up what I have. I'd have to leave my job, my family, my friends, my pets, and my fiance all behind. I'm just not sure it's worth it.

So I'm considering taking a year off. I'd move out with my fiance, my sister, and her fiance. I'd work full time, and I feel confident I could get a promotion that would give me a raise of $2 an hour. I'd then be able to start saving seriously.

I'd also be able to retake the ACT (I got a 31, but I'm sure I could do better) as well as take the SAT to improve my chances of getting a better scholarship to a more local school next year. I'd have time to do some independant study, and really decide what I want to do with my life.

Of course, I'd also have to be typical and do quite a bit of travelling. There are several projects I'd like to take on, most of which include volunteering abroad. I've been so busy the past two years, I could really use the time off. I have almost a year's worth of college credit already, so a year off couldn't hurt too much.

The problem is, I'm not sure if I can afford to risk a full scholarship inlieu of what might come next year. I'm afraid I could end up regretting either decision for the rest of my life, and I'm not sure what to do. Everyone I know just keeps saying they'll support me either way, and that they just want me to be happy. I need some real advice though. Could anyone offer some? TY.


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Re: Gap year? (Long) - May 13th 2010, 08:08 PM

As someone who's on a gap year, and turned down my "settling" option to do what I really want to do, I say do it!!
I am working through my gap year and had offers from good UK unis, but have turned them down to follow my dream of studying in Australia next year. I'm so glad I did it, I have matured a lot and learned a lot about time keeping / responsibility etc. And I'm much happier knowing I'm going to be doing something I love.
Obviously this is a huge decision, and you have to make it yourself. But my personal view on big decisions is if you have doubts that you will be happy, don't do it. Or at least give yourself some time to think it all over.


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Re: Gap year? (Long) - May 26th 2010, 06:29 PM

Gap Years help build you and refine you as a person in ways that university can't. You can always study later in life if needs be. I say do it!
   
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