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Why You Should Take a Gap Year

November 15th, 2010

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The stresses of school can be too much for many students. It builds inside them and they feel like they have no way of getting it out. For some, the best way to take a break from the trials of school is by taking a gap year. The year off, which students learn quickly, is a very long extended break that allows a young person the chance to discover the world and themselves. Reflection is important for any person. Sometimes it is good to take a step back and look at what it is you have accomplished and then after that is appreciated, look further at what it is you want to do with the rest of your life.

With the quick transitions from high school to college, and the change you go through during those first couple of semesters, things can happen so fast that you don’t even know your own body has changed. The person you once were is no more, and it is time for some “you” time. A gap year gives you the chance to catch up on the person you have been growing into over the past few years. Once you have got that taken care of, it is time to explore. The year off from school offers an opportunity to travel and learn more about the world we are all in. expanding your horizons is important as it gives you an alternative view of the world. Have fun uncovering places you have only seen pictures of. Walk the streets of a foreign land and experience firsthand the culture shock of being outside the land of Stars and Stripes.

Another reason to take some time off from school is so you can save money and earn enough cash to be able to minimize your future tuition debt. If you choose to be wise and not lay on the couch all year while on your break, you can take on experiences that can improve your admission chances to any college of your choice. There are so many positives that can come out of taking a year off – it is just up to you to make the right choice for yourself. If you do not have the funds you need to explore far parts of the world, save up for that experience so when you graduate, you can celebrate all your hard work with a trip that can only further your education. Travel provides both personal growth, and increases your awareness of other cultures. Plan your trip now.

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