A Gap Year is an excellent opportunity to fulfill a dream.
These days, there are many ways to satisfy a passion during 12 months of zeal.
After high school, I didn't go to college right away. I took, "a year off."
So, I got a job, and I spent a lot of time with my girlfriend.
Bluntly, my mother told me that I had to go to college the following fall.
Well, it worked. The year off made me want to go to college.
As a busboy in a restaurant, I worked with many college students who were waiting tables. I don't know why, but they made me want to get on with my life.
Also, my friends who had gone to college right after high school had changed. They had grown.
Definitely, I wanted that growth, so I went to college the following fall.
But, were I to do it again, I would do it entirely differently.
Were I to do it again, I would spend a year fulfilling a dream.
Without a doubt, school makes sense. However, 12 or more years of the same routine has its limits.
Sometimes, routines don't give us the freedom to dream. In other words, too much structure can stifle our passions.
If I were 18 again, I would take a Gap Year to satisfy a passion. For example:
- First, WOOFing at The Biggest Little Farm.
- Or, living the journalist's life at The New York Times Gap Year.
- Also, I'd explore working in public radio: National Public Radio's Internship Program.
- And, I'd spend a few months surfing in Bali, Indonesia.
The point is: dream. If you could take 12 months to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
Understandably, a year may be too long for some people. So, make it a Gap Summer or a Gap Six Weeks.
Either way, make it the most amazing time of your life.
If nothing else, it will give you some clarity about the next "serious" step you should take around school, career, etc.
Fortunately, there are lots of resources to get the dreams flowing:
- First, Goabroad.com wrote a recent article: The Best Gap Year Programs in 2021-2022.
- Next, Where There Be Dragons has Summer and Gap Year programs for students, educators, and adults.
- Or, you could get a job. But, make it a cool one.
If you're not ready for college right after high school, that's O.K.
I wasn't ready either, but I didn't dream. I took a year off, a break from school.
You could do it so differently. You could have a year of passion and dreams, 12 months of zeal.