Taking Time Off After High School
You don't need to necessarily go
to college right after you get out of
high-school. If you don't feel ready, consider taking a year or
two off before heading to college. Doing this gives you time to:
Unable to pay for college costs?
Low on cash? You're not alone. Many students cite financial reasons
as why they put off college. Consider working for a year to make
money for college tuition, books, and living expenses.
Gain Career Experience
Not sure what you want to study
in college? Spend a year working so that you can "test drive"
a field that interests you. You'll learn whether or not you want
to pursue this career.
Have you always wanted to visit
foreign lands? Travel around the world for a while. You'll gain
valuable life experience and learn more about who you are.
Gain skills and experience by volunteering
at a local hospital, tutoring, coaching a sport, offering to moderate
your church youth group, or performing other types of community
service. Some schools even offer academic credit for volunteer
Ease into College Life
Not feeling ready academically for
college? Think about starting with a couple of classes at your
community college. You'll ease into college-level work without
feeling overwhelmed. Be sure you can transfer the credits you've
What Will Admission Officers Think?
It all depends on your own situation
and how you spend your time, but admission officers will take
into account how much maturity and life experience you've gained.
If you do take time off, it doesn't
mean you shouldn't apply to college while in high school. If you
get accepted, you can ask for a deferred admission. In most cases,
colleges will accommodate you as long as you enrol the following
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