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When is the best time to start school, I took a gap year since pandemic and I haven't started yet. I have zero idea what to do.

I am a STEM graduate and I took a gap year since 2021. I want to go to an art school but there is no one nearby. I have no job and I want to further my learning but I am stuck.

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quintavius’s Answer

hello jeanne.
the one thing i would say is taking a gap year is a big mistake. From experience, taking time off can make a person lazy. You always want to keep your mind active and running. Self care is important but just learn how to balance whats important and whats not that important. Taking a gap year is not a good idea. Stay and get it out the way. It will be worth it.
Thank you comment icon Thanks, I have became laid back a little bit but I am taking up lessons online to restart my brain again. Jeanne
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Kim’s Answer

Gap years can be beneficial for resetting your expectations and refocusing on what is important to you - just make sure how you use your time is heavily centered on growth. It is significant that you landed on a pathway and are ready to pursue education related to this area. There are many schools/universities that offer online class options. I suggest doing your research to find a program that may allow you to take some courses virtually. Do this for a semester and nail down if this is your career path. In tandem, start looking at full-time education opportunities that align with your goal and fit your location and budget.
Thank you comment icon Thank you. I do have some schools online that I have been thinking of going. It was just the courses available in my area is way out of what I wanted to get and I got intimidated and took a gap year. I am somewhat thankful I did though because my mind was such in chaotic state. Jeanne
Thank you comment icon Sounds like you made the right decision for you. Just a short story for you - I have a family member that experienced a tragic loss in their family shortly after graduating high school. They took a couple of years to work, focus on family and figure out what was important to them. Today, they are a very successful attorney. The gap year was just what they needed to reset their mindset and goals in life. Kim Tsakalos
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