Taking a year off from college
October 4, 2005 8:27 AM Subscribe
I'm withdrawing from college. I plan to go back next semester. What kinds of things can or should I be doing in the year in between?
posted by reese to Education (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm only about a month into my freshman year at a big state school, and I'm dropping out. I know it seems early and impulsive, but I've given it a lot of thought, and anyway, I filled out all the forms yesterday.
It isn't money or grades or emotional trouble, per se -- although those all factor in to my decision. Sometimes I feel like I should be attending a smaller, more "elite" (or at least more kooky) liberal arts-type school, but after some thought I feel more like I just don't want to be in school at all right now. All my classes still feel like an extension of high school, in that I have absolutely no motivation to do work or attend classes. I like the classes, they're interesting, I just don't want to be doing schoolwork for the 13th consecutive year.
I wanted to take a year off after high school for a long time, but I suppose I got pressured out of it once the "get all our kids into college" machine at my high school started gearing up around junior year sometime. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I've tried college, and I can already tell it's not for me -- right now.
I plan on applying to a non-state-U school for Fall 2006. I'm working on my applications now, but that still gives me a year in between. Right now my obvious plan is to find a job, but it's not absolutely necessary. I feel like I have all the time in the world. What things could or should I spend (or waste) it on?