I would highly suggest not taking a gap year and instead going to a community collage and obtaining your basics. This way you can keep moving forward and also knock out some basic classes. You could also go to school part time and work part time while still deciding what you wanted to do in life. I did this my first two years after high school and it was a great time because I really found myself during those few years.
My suggestion to you is to keep moving forward even if its just going to school part time. Its ok if you don't know what you want to do in life yet. That's the beauty of basics since they can go toward any degree path! I know it can seem daunting but overall its easier if you keep moving forward and at least take some basic college classes at a community college.
Richard J (Rich)’s Answer
That said, and if all 3 above are answered yes - I would say go to college and get it done. If you get into the workforce - it is sometimes harder to go back. You are on a roll with school - if you want to - keep going.
I started college and didn't last very long because I was scraping on number 1, not really there on number 3 and really wasn't enthusiastic for number 3. But, I knew I had to do something structured and meaningful - so I joined the US Air Force enlisted. It gave me a foundation to move on with my life. From there it was night school (which was tough) and then, knowing I really needed my education, I applied for a scholarship from the USAF and went back to school at age 21. So, there are paths to getting to college later - you just have to seize the opportunities to get there.
Everyone's situation is different. All I will say is just don't do nothing - maybe do temporary - but keep that education in your sights.
A. Michelle Hawkins
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As far as timing, you could go right after high school to stay in the school/studying mindset, or you could take a gap year and work to earn money to help pay for college. That being said, if money is a concern, it might be a good idea to work before you go to college to help pay. Also, no matter what your situation is, you should apply for scholarships and financial aid! It can be a tremendous help! I hope this is helpful and provides some good advice :)