Most of us would agree that college is one of the most exciting, yet most challenging times of our lives. It is typically our first time living away from home for an extended period of time. When I went away to college, I was eager to embrace the next chapter of my life because it was something life-changing that I had yet to experience. However, entering college was also scary for me because nobody handed me a “how to survive college” guidebook. I feel that everyone should be given a book full of tips and tricks that outline the ups and downs that lie ahead throughout our college experience, so that we can maximize our time in school and reach our full potential.
At my young age of 25, this was almost unheard of, but I guess that’s one of the benefits of working for a smaller marketing firm. The idea of it was daunting though, as accepting the position would be committing myself to the company for the long term. While I loved Vision Marketing Inc., I found myself thinking about all of my other interests, things I hadn’t been able to experience because of going to school and getting a job right after graduation. I had so many plans going into college. Traveling to as many countries as possible, visiting all of the National Parks in the United States, maybe working for a smaller company or a nonprofit.
After the long awaited day of graduation has passed, college then brings a new beginning of our lives. When we become faced with new opportunities and challenges. For most, college becomes the next step to furthering their education. Some think of going away to college as a way to forget the past and start a new identity. Others go to college to meet a new array of people, become involved with new activities, find out who they are, or simply because they feel college appears to be the next “right” step in their lives.
Others do not have the same advantage of knowing what they want to do once they go into college. This leads students to take a gap year to figure out exactly what it is they want to do for the rest of their lives. Taking a gap year helps students explore different fields and help them figure out if they will truly like to do, or what they do not enjoy. Goth said in an article in U.S News and World Report "NCCC has driven work ethic into me. It 's broadened what I think I could do with my life because all of these projects are things that I would 've never even consider doing ... Then you go and do them, and think, 'Wow, I 'm actually pretty good at them. '"
While high school and college may share some of the same aspects, it is obvious that college brings about more freedom. The transition from high school to college is a defining moment in anyone’s life. You really begin to figure out who you are, and where you will be. Independence becomes the norm in college, because the prying eyes of mom and dad are now a distant memory. You also get to explore your surroundings and find life long friends.
Going to college has always been a dream of mine. To some people that may seem strange, but for me it’s been a dream. I’m the first person on my dad’s side of the family to attend a four year university, and I plan on being the first one to graduate. I came to college for more than just that, however. College is going to help me more in life than I realize.
This preparedness has spread too many aspects of my life. It has caused me to think ahead of situations and predict what I may need before entering a scenario. Since beginning college, I have become a much more proactive and prepared individual. As you can see, I entered college an unprepared, semi goal driven individual with not so great time management skills. My college experience provoked a metamorphosis over the course of the last two years that has made a sizable difference in the way I handle tasks.
It’s your senior year of high school. It is time for you to decide what you want to do after you graduate. You have a few possible things that you could do. You could start applying for colleges, get accepted to one, and then go to college right out of high school; or you could do the same thing, but take a year off. This brings up the argument of whether or not a student should take off a gap year before they begin college.
High school vs College When someone is younger they look forward to the milestones in their life in which they hope to see. A couple of them will be the beginning High school and then College. Those two events are two different jumps most people will take in their life. At first the student may begin to become intimidated by the fact they will be entering college. When a students begins their high school career they will immediately begin to start looking forward to college, and the freedoms in which it brings.
b) Meet new people: Taking a gap year enables us to make new friends and interact with people from all walks of life, which is a good opportunity for us to learn others’ merit. Thus, we will improve ourselves by communicating with new people. c) Great way to learn: A gap year will offer you with much more than any classroom knowledge. We can learn a lot in the classroom, but we rarely put them into practice. A gap year equips us with the ability to explore new thing and get more work/life experiences.