I am a junior in high school, so I have some time to figure things out, but I was wondering if a gap year would be good for me before I rush off to college. My family has all gone to college, but I feel that it might not be the right path for me, as I am not happy with school. I work hard and do well, but I find no meaning. I would like to travel if I did a gap year, maybe doing WWOOF’ing or something of that nature. Any advice? Thanks!
Yes. I went into college right after high school. Its what everyone did right? I learned, I partied, I flunked out. I also kept changing my major. Worked for a year. Went back to college thinking to at least get a degree. Got one in Liberal Arts from a Big 10 University in 1975. I will retire next year after being a certified weldor for 39 years. I have enjoyed most of it or I wouldnt have stayed in it. Raised my family, earned a decent income except for lay-offs and plant closings in the 80’s. Looking back I think I might have been a good history teacher. But life is what it is. I have trained college kids who are just doing summer work. You can tell the ones who have a plan and the ones who will be working a blue collar job, waiters, or retail, or something that does not justify a degree except for the knowledge attained. You can always go to college, but right after high school could be the best time to find what you want and are willing to work for.
I have been traveling for the past year and have met many recent high school grads who were on a gap year and it seems to me like such a great idea. I wish I would have taken. Gap year after high school, rather than just going straight to college because “that’s what you do” or at least, that’s what I thought you were supposed to do. I think the gap year gives you so much time to step away from the madness and step out into the world on your own. You will experience so many different things, learn a lot about yourself and grow as a human being. When I graduated from high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I went to Uni, picked a major that I kind of liked and graduated. But I was still lost. I had no idea what the hell to do. I think the gap year gives you some time and provides you with experiences that can give you an idea of what it is that you want to do with your life.