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Would you suggest taking a gap year?

I've heard people saying that taking a gap year helped them figure out what they wanted to pursue, since they had more time to find more about themselves, but other people said that it just burned them out. Any suggestions?

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Dan’s Answer

Hi Raina- If you have doubts and are unsure about what to major in or what career path is right for you, taking a year or so off, may be in your best interest. College costs can be very expensive and having little or no sense of a career direction, along with having to choose a major your unsure of, could also be very costly to you in the long run. Taking time off would allow you more time to learn more about what's happening in the work world and help you attain a better sense of career direction. When I went off to college, I had little idea of what I wanted to major in, let alone what career path I wanted to go. Many in my generation never even broached the question, why am I even going to college. We just went, as it was the next expected thing you do after high school. In retrospect, having had more time to consider this, and having more time to work and learn more about career options available, it may well have been the very thing I needed, to choose a better and more relevant major. If you little doubt about the major to choose and/or career direction to pursue, then it would most likely be in your best interest to attend college as soon as possible. All the best to you, in the decisions you make, in pursuit of your future endeavors.
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James’s Answer

I took a gap year and was able to work full time and get amazing experience. I worked in Loss Prevention and Risk and Fraud. This gave me a great entry into a career in law enforcement. It ultimately led me to join the Marine Corps. Taking a gap year really let me take a deep breath. I highly recommend it to people who aren't 100% sold on their options for school.
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Melissa’s Answer

Only you know what’s best for you because only you know how you will respond if you take a gap year. I’ve known plenty of people who took one and worked, traveled, or volunteered while they figured out what career they wanted to pursue. I know others who took a gap year and never went back to a traditional school, meaning they either did a trade school or a private school specific to a career they wanted. What I WOULD suggest is that if you want to take a gap year, I would still take courses at a community college. If you don’t want to physically go to school, do the courses you can online, especially the generic ones because if you decide after your gap year that you do want to go back to school, you at least have some courses done under your belt.
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Matt’s Answer

If you have the resources to do so then yes. Don't treat it as a vacation. Make the act of exploring different paths your job.
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Gabrielle’s Answer

Hey Raina ,

If you are not sure on what you want to do next I would recommend taking time to figure that out if takes a year or even more , I ended wasting so much money my first 2 years of college because I was majoring in something I didn't want to do anymore , so I ended up taking a gap year that turn into a gap 6 years but in the time I was able to narrow down a field that I was passionate about to work in .
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