Being in the situation that I’m in, I think taking a year off between high school and college can be a dangerous decision. There were issues other than wanting a year off that kept me from going directly to college, such as I had to get off my butt and get a GED because, in my senior year, I was the epitome of “didn’t apply herself” and wound up short on required credits. My situation is of my own making. I slacked in 1995 and I’m still paying the price for that in 2008.
Many times, I’ve met people who planned on a year off and wound up being thirtysomething with no college education. It’s too simple to let life get in the way. In the year after high school, you get lucky and find a decent paying job, by your uneducated standards. By the time you’re planning to go back, you move out of home and have all of the grown up bills that are paired with being independent. You meet someone, get married and have kids. One day, you wake up and wonder where your life took a wrong turn.
In my mind, the better option would be to plow through it, knowing that you will be done with school and living your life in a few years. Recently, I have heard a few people who disagree with that. They don’t regret a year off and they did mean ONE year when they said it. Please, share your thoughts on this!