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Is taking a brake from college right when you get out of high school more beneficial for you, or does it benefit to go right into college without knowing your motivations or interests.

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Priscilla’s Answer

Tod,

Your question is so timeless! As cliche as my answer might sound, its true. Are you ready? Answer: it depends on you! Are you ready to go to college? Many times the experience will help shape your interests and motivations. In college, according to the Student Research Foundation, the average student changes their major at least 3 times ( I changed mine 5 times 😉) over the course of their college career. If you do decide to take a gap year, what are your plans? What is a goal in taking a gap year and how are you going to achieve that goal ( ie. work, volunteer, job shadow, travel, save money, ect.) Taking a year to find yourself and your interests is fine if you can afford it and you have a plan. Have you considered a attending a community college to take those neccessary prerequisite classes? This can help save money and time if college is you ultimate goal.


Good luck, you got this!🙂

Priscilla recommends the following next steps:

Write down a list of goals
Complete pro and con list for college right away and gap year
You decide!
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Paul’s Answer

A year or two working and reflecting on your goals could easily help you. I know several people who began their education later in life when they knew their motivations and interests. Check out potential occupations and careers now. You can use resources like, "The Ocuupational Outlook Handbook" and other intrernet information on various career jobsites. Then do a check of where you wish to be in 5 or 10 years.

Paul recommends the following next steps:

Reflect on what you really like and want and how this fits into establishing a career.
Research what the requirements of the professions or careers so you can better know what you will need to do to achieve that career.
Decide if you would rather gain experience in the field or prepare by going to school. One option may be a job and night school.
involve family members, friends, and professionals in career development of guidance counselors in your decision.
Go on informational interviews with people in your choice. Also get experience interviewing fopr jobs in the career.
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Joel’s Answer

I think Priscilla gave a very helpful and informative answer. I would only add that, as you get to your sophomore and junior year of high school, just be aware that that is when students take the ACT/SAT and when colleges start to accept applications. If you are on the fence about taking a gap year or going to college, I would definitely recommend taking the exams and applying to colleges in case you do ultimately decide you want to go. I think it's important to take time and choose what you feel most comfortable with, but you want to have the college path available in case you do decide to take it. Moreover, having to take the exams over a year in advance of graduating makes it even more important to be prepared and ready for that option.

Joel recommends the following next steps:

Take your time in weighing both options, but be aware of deadlines to taking the ACT/SAT and for college applications
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Ceil’s Answer

A gap year can be a fantastic experience - great for figuring out what you really want to explore in school. So if you have a clear idea of what you will do instead of go to college, it's worth considering taking that year off. The key is doing something during that year which will help you "knowing your motivations and interests" - so be sure you're thinking about that too.


I wanted to touch on one thing that's kind of implicit in your question, that you're supposed to know your motivations and interests before you go to college. A big role that college absolutely can play in your life is to give you a chance to explore a variety of areas, precisely to discover what those motivations and interests are. You don't have to get it right the first time (or the second, or the third) - just explore as many different areas as you can in your first couple years (assuming a 4 year degree).


So don't avoid college because you think you have to know what you're going to do with your degree before you even get there. And take advantage of a gap year if you have a clear plan for what you're going to do during that year to help you know what you want to do next.

Ceil recommends the following next steps:

Decide if there's something you can do during a year between high school and college that will open your eyes to new things - work a job in a field you don't know anything about? Travel the world? Stay with friends in another state or country and learn their culture? Volunteer in a political campaign? Get involved in church programs?
If you have a clear vision of how you will spend that year - and a plan for making it more than just a nice idea - a way to actually DO it, and you actually don't want to go to college right away, do the gap year.
If you're really just focused on "I don't want to go to college yet" but you know you won't actually do anything that year off, then go to college - take the year after your first year of college off instead.
Make sure you keep the go-to-college option moving forward during the gap year too.
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