gap yearIn my case it was kind of a necessary thing. It became pretty clear to me that the school and studies I picked weren't the right ones for me. I was not in a good place back then, not emotionally and not physically. So I quit. But instead of starting something new I decided to wait until the new school year and start fresh.
A period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between school and university or college education.
The first few months I was bored out of my mind. I was at home all the time (I seriously didn't leave the house for three months). I finally started working in March, somewhere I could stay till school began in September. I met a bunch of new people and learned a lot of new things. In all honesty I'm really grateful for the opportunity and I'm glad I didn't go straight back to school. I feel like I needed this break to focus on myself and what I want to do with my life.
In these few months I had to work, I never (not once) didn't want to get out of bed and start the day. I also never felt that pressure to look perfect and act a certain way. You know in high school everyone expects you to be a certain way and if you're not, no one really cares about you. At work I feel like I never got judged and I feel like everyone accepted me just the way I am. I learned that it doesn't matter how crazy I am or if I say stupid things or not, people will still want to be around.
I'll have to adjust, again, to a new lifestyle. I'm really out of it. I can't even remember certain things I did when I studied or even how I studied. What?! Deep down I'm afraid this new school experience will be like last year but I forbid myself to think that way. It will never be the same again. I'm getting ready for something new. I even miss having a purpose in life: getting through exams and tests and whatnot. OMG I really said it!
Well, there's my story. It's a very honest and open one but I felt like telling someone. If you are curious what I'll be doing this year: I'm trying out social studies at a school that's a fifteen minute train-ride away. I'm not too sure about it, especially since my last attempt at choosing a school and a degree went horribly wrong. But I'm not letting myself think negative. It'll be better this year.
Have any of you taken a gap year before? What was it like for you?