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A gap year will provide you with much more than any classroom setting ever can. It isn't until we put it into practice in the real world that we really understand what's going on Taking a gap year
A gap year! A few years ago this phrase was casually thrown around, but now the word's 'gap year' seem to be on every young person's lips. It seems that every time a gap year is mentioned it's met with ideas of beautiful beaches, beautiful people and a wonderful time. But what are they like in reality? Are gap year programs really all sunshine and daisies or is there a little more to them?
It'll make your resume look pretty snazzy: A gap year can provide a person with valuable new skills that any employer will be impressed by. Cultural awareness, organization, and an ability to work independently are just some of the skills that are gained by taking a year out. You'll meet new people: On a gap year it's impossible not to meet new people. Throughout school and college we are surrounded by the same folks but taking a gap year allows us to discover others, make new friends, and interact with people from all walks of life.
It's a great way to learn: A gap year will provide you with much more than any classroom setting ever can. We can learn a lot in the classroom, but it isn't until we put it into practice in the real world that we really understand what's going on. A gap year lets us learn as we do and there's much more room for new experiences to enter our lives. We will also learn a lot more about ourselves and who we are as people; sometimes an experience during a gap year can knock you a bit but you'll learn just how much you can deal with when you really have to. Whether volunteering, studying, or just traveling, you're bound to learn a ton.
You'll learn a new language: There's no better way to learn a new language than to live in the country that speaks it. Being immersed in a foreign language means that all of the new words that are learned can get put into practice straight away. People who live in native speaking countries of their target language are able to pick up the basics much faster than people who stay at home. You'll be a foreign language pro in no time!
You'll become more mature: People who take gap years often report that their family and friends say 'you've changed' when they return home, but it's never in a bad way. A gap year introduces a person to so many new ideas and experiences it's probably impossible not to change in some ways. Taking a gap year can put you in situations that many people (who never leave their own country) will never face.
You'll be a year behind: This can be a tough one for many people. They wave as their friends all trek to college and start their new lives and they are left behind. They can't start their new adventure yet because they don't have the cash. This is easily offset by working hard and saving cash quickly in order to jet off as soon as possible
It's a risk: Sure it is! But where do we get in life if we aren't willing to take risks? This is what makes a gap year so exciting; not knowing what to expect is all part of the adventure. The key is to take care and travel with common sense. Fun fact: I've yet to meet a gap year traveler or career breaker who "regretted" their decision to hit the road.
It can be expensive: This depends on the destination and the duration of the trip but, chances are, when taking a gap year you're going to spend quite a bit of cash. The best way to fund a gap year is to work and travel at the same time. It's also a good idea to plan trips independently as this will cut costs dramatically - for the first time traveler this may be a little difficult and paying extra for the help of someone to do it for you might be a good idea.
It can be stressful: Booking vaccinations, getting tickets and insurance, visas and accommodation sorted; all this and the adventure hasn't even begun. It does get easier as you get used to life on the road but there will always be situations that will test your stress levels to the max. Planning independently can be tough, whether it's language barriers, currency, or trying to work out the public transport systems, so sometimes it's good to kick back, spend a little more and let someone else do the hard work. Doing formalized programs are a great way to get situated and meet likeminded folks. Just be sure read reviews first!
Many students these days take a year out to do paid work to finance their higher education.
If you choose to go travelling, you will see and explore parts of the world you’ve always wanted to visit. By having the freedom to travel around and choose how long you spend in each place, you will have plenty of time to fit in everything you want to do. Building friendships on your journey is a certainty, and you will have some fantastic stories to tell everyone when you get back home!
Volunteering gives the students a chance to do some good in the world. It also has the advantage of looking good on a resume when they begin looking for that first job after college. Volunteering may also be a way that the student can offset the cost of travel.
A Gap year is the chance to be completely independent and gain a meaningful experience, an opportunity you may not have again later on in your life. It will help improve your self-confidence, along with personal skills such as communication, leadership and organisation
You’ve been in school for most of your life, so it’s natural to feel you simply just want some time away from studying. Taking a break will make you feel refreshed so you will be more focussed at university.
Contens. Chapter I. What is a gap year? Chapter III. Reasons for taking a gap year Chapter IV. The impressions of gap years students Chapter II. Advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year.
A gap year is a period of time when students take a break from formal education to travel, volunteer, study, intern, work, perform research or any combination of these activities. A gap year can also be called an interim year, deferring college, an overseas experience or taking time out. Students who take a gap are also known as "gappers".
«After traveling the globe for a semester my desires and goals have become much more focused. I feel much more motivation to do well in my studies and I have taken much more interest in global issues. My hope is to major in international studies, whereas before I had no idea what where my interests lay.» «We learned a lot how to live with others who are completely different and still have respect and a lot of fun together and still hold our friendship until this day. » «One of the most valuable things I took away from my experience was the relationships I made aboard»
By the time you have completed your Gap year, you will have gained new skills and experiences.
Working in a foreign country can provide many of the same benefits as volunteering. Working for a year may not only offset the cost of travel but completely pay for it.