To gap or not to gap; that is the question.
December 5, 2012 7:36 PM Subscribe
Should I take a gap semester or gap year? If so, what should I do?
posted by anonymous to education (8 answers total)
Hey Metafilter. I'm at a good university in the U.S., and I feel like I'm throwing my tuition away. This semester, I'm withdrawing from two classes (out of four total). Last semester, I withdrew from one (out of four total). My transcript is otherwise all As and Bs.
I spoke to my dean today, and she strongly suggested I take a gap semester or gap year because of the overall downward trend in my grades. I just don't know what I would do if I left school (my dean just told me to become a barista). I can't drive (I kill cars), so I wouldn't be able to commute to a job, and I don't really have any skills I could use to get a job. And I'm the head of a club this year. I feel like it would be terrible to ditch it and the person I run the club with (I love this club and the person I run it with is really nice). And I finally made friends this semester, and I really don't want to throw that away.
The thought of leaving terrifies me, but I'm scared I'll just keep on with my downward trend if I stay.
More handy background:
* My school's counselling center diagnosed me with anxiety/depression last semester and put me meds, but it made me sort of manic, so I'm off it for now.
* Things I like: science, computer science, writing, copyediting, basic graphic design stuff, and semi-useless crafty things like music, baking, and knitting.
* I'm a junior, and I don't know what I want to do after college.
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