Why aren’t you taking a gap year?


In this post, you’ll learn about why you aren’t taking a gap year, and why you should be. 

Are you truly happy with where you are in life right now?

Why take a gap year?

Why AREN’T you taking a gap year?

When I was younger, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to college or work or just run away.

I was so overwhelmed with what I “had to do” that I didn’t even think about what I wanted to do.

I was scared to start doing something I hated, or make little money doing something I liked.

But then someone asked me, “Why aren’t you taking a gap year?”

There’s gap year pros and cons.

Pros: You take a gap year. You travel to Europe and backpack and camp and drink great coffee. You come home and realize you want to become an art major, instead of going to medical school like your parents wanted you to.

Cons: You take a gap year. You spend money traveling all over Europe, and all you have to show is some great Instagram pictures and a few pounds lost from not having Starbucks. You realize you still want to go to medical school, and now you know for sure.

I took a gap year. 50,000 high school grads every year take a gap year. And so should you.

Read more about my gap year experiences.

According to British Dictionary, the gap year definition is a period taken by students between second level school and higher education.

In fact, Harvard University encourages their students to take a gap year before attending and around 3/4 of accepted students (to HARVARD!!!) do it.

It’s a life “time-in”.

I’ve known people who have taken a gap year after high school, a gap year after college, and even people who have taken a gap year after a few years of work.

Why aren’t you taking a gap year?

There’s too much to do. You’re at a good place right now. Your work is good, your boyfriend is good, your sisters and parents are good.

But “good” isn’t enough anymore.

Do you want to live or do you want to LIVE?

Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering what life would be like if you would have taken the other job, chosen the other major, or gone to the other university?

You need a life “time-in”.

You need “time-in” to figure out yourself. You need time to figure out that you do, in fact, love vegetables, and you love the music your dad used to listen to. You were way to busy in high school trying to fit in and be popular that you don’t even know who YOU are. You need “time-in” to realize that the girl sitting behind you in math who shopped at the thrift store was the cool one, not the cheerleaders and football players.

You have to take a gap year, or 20 years from now when you’re a soccer mom with a decent job and a dented minivan, you’ll wonder what the hell happened to the girl who loved art, the ballet, and traveling.

If you don’t do it now, you’ll sit in the minivan forever.

Why aren’t you taking a gap year?

There’s so many gap year opportunities. Not sure what to do on a gap year?

Read more about my gap year experiences.

Here are links to some of the best gap year programs:

  1. YWAM (Youth with a Mission). This non-profit organization disciples students and trains them for mission work. There’s campuses in almost every country, and you’ll be able to see a few more countries than just the one you’re in (and people like to give money to you if they know you’re going to help people, a support letter should find you fully-funded). https://www.ywam.org
  2. World Race. Takes you to 11 countries in 11 months, where you’ll also be doing mission work. https://www.worldrace.org
  3. GeoVisions. Get paid to live abroad and take care of kids for a few hours. When you come home, you could have money started for whatever you want to do next, college and all! http://geovisions.org
  4. Projects Abroad. Do you know what you kinda want to do but not sure about committing to it? Find a project or destination on their website within your field of study. It looks great on your resume, and if you don’t end up doing your “project” for the rest of your life, at least now you know! https://www.projects-abroad.org
  5. International Studies Abroad. You can study as well, and earn college credit. This program gives you time between high school and college while STILL continuing to learn in another country. https://studiesabroad.com/gap

As you can see, there’s so many gap year options. And these are only some of the best gap year programs!

But you don’t have to narrow it to traveling.

Here are some more gap year ideas:

  1. Work.
  2. Volunteer locally.
  3. Save money.
  4. Spend time with your family.
  5. Do some soul searching.

Why aren’t you taking a gap year?

 

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