It comes a time in every senior student life in which decisions have to be made. Even though, they will not define the rest of your life, they are a starting point. That’s when doubts and question start arising. What will I do next?
That is when senior students start falling into categories. There are four categories. The first, the students that now exactly what they want to study and where they want to study it. Then, the ones that now what they want to study, but they don’t know where they want to study it. The third that know where they want to study, but don’t know what they want to study. Finally, the fourth category is those students that don’t have a clue of what they are going to do next.
These last types of students are the ones that tend to be under the most pressure. They are sitting there watching the days past by as their friends apply to colleges and plan their future. This student’s risk making rushed and unconscious decisions. They might go ahead and apply to some college they aren’t even interested in. They might end up studying something that they don’t feel passionate about. All because they don’t take a step back and think what they really want to do.
It is perfectly normal to be unsure of what you want to do in your future. It is normal to be scared about the decision one has to make. That´s why Gap years were invented. A Gap year is a year someone takes right after school and before college. They can go to a trip, they can go learn a new language, and they can even work.
The gap year will help students clear their mind. It will also help them mature. They will be exposed to new experiences. These experiences will help them define themselves. It will help them pinpoint what they like and what they don´t. It will help them find what they want to do in a future or something related to what they want to do.
I believe a gap year can come in handy when one is not sure about what to do about their future. If you aren’t sure what you want to study or if you want to study at all. You should be able to take a break and sort stuff out in your mind before making any rushed decisions. These decisions are the decisions that will shape you and that will define you. You need to be sure of the decision you are taking.
People might tell you that a gap year is not the most convenient thing. You might be losing studying time and be left behind. However, if it comes to studying something you will eventually change versus taking your time to think, the answer is pretty obvious.