As I near the end of my college journey, I can’t help but to reflect over the ups and downs that I have experienced. I made the choice after my Sophomore year to take a break from school to decide what I really wanted to do with my life. I missed my family and began to feel “burnt out” on school. So I decided to move back home to Texas. While at home I had the chance to experience a marketing internship as well as other jobs. About a year and a half later I decided to finish my degree. When I look back, I have mixed feelings about taking a gap year. There were definitely pros and cons but I do not totally regret taking a gap year. This post will assist anyone that is considering taking a gap year. Here are a few pros and cons:
- Pro: it gives you time to think and figure out what you want to do.
- Pro: you learn responsibility at a different level.
- Pro: adds experience to your resume.
- Pro: gain a better sense of self and the world.
- Pro: expand your network.
- Pro: become better prepared for college.
- Con: puts you a year behind.
- Con: you could possibly lose the momentum to finish your degree.
- Con: gap years could be expensive.
- Con: involves a lot of planning.
Hopefully these pros and cons are useful for helping you weigh out your options and consider what would be the best route for you.