Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking a Year off from College



Taking a year off from college to some may benefit and to others may disastrous. this article will review to you some advantages and disadvantages attached on taking a year off from college

Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking a Year off from College

Taking a Year off College Shooting Yourself or Walking The Path of Legends?

Chances are you’ve probably hear d the Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates dropped out of school’ rhetoric or better still you’ve heard your colleagues say “School is a scam” as often as they say “I’m broke” and if you’re a student, you know that’s often.

Good thing though is the fact that, you’ve cleared the first hurdle in the confusion track race. That is, you’re not considering dropping out of school as a lot of people erroneously think Mark Z and Gates did. You also have a time slot for your absence: 1 year.

Truth is, I have no idea why you’re considering taking a year off. It could range from you’ve been involved in an accident and it’s going to take you a while to heal, economic restraints, the loss of a loved one which has some resultant effects on your education, you’ve found a greater calling to your life and future or you got a 1 year ticket to travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go or to grow your startup company. The probabilities are endless.

What this article is going to do for you, is to help you weigh your options by showing you all the resultant effects of your decision if you eventually do or do not take it.

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Disadvantages of taking a year off from college

Before considering on taking a year off from college or not, you should consider some of the disadvantages attached to “taking a year off from college”

  • You’ll lose an academic year

I’ll start with the bad news first. First and foremost, you’ll lose an academic year. This means you’ll probably graduate an academic session later than your mates and you’ll have to take classes with your immediate juniors.

  • Issues may arise from Parents

Secondly, there’s the probability that depending on the kind of family you come from, they will literally kill you or stop funding you for any expenses during your 1-year hiatus or in some extreme cases; disown you.

  • Emotional Problem

Thirdly, you might have a bout of depression, anxiety or self-doubt due to the fact that once you’ve taken that decision, particularly if it’s for something you consider important and others don’t; like devoting time to your startup if things don’t pick up on time, doubts can arise.

  • High probability of failing

Lastly, if you’re taking the year off college to start something, there’s a possibility that you’ll fail. Yes, I’ve told you the truth in technicolor: you might fail or better still you might succeed at knowing that, that thing or the way you tried to do the thing won’t work.

Advantages of taking a year off from college

  • Now, let’s go to the good part. First and foremost, you will never berate yourself or spend the rest of your life wondering what would have happened if you took that chance
  • Secondly, it gives you time to sort yourself out; either to heal from that accident, set up your business, recover your mental or emotional health or other stuff.
  • Thirdly, it helps your grades. Taking a year off will help you to concentrate on the thing you took an absence for instead of trying to juggle it with your academics because in almost all cases, it is almost impossible that you do something huge or emotionally, mentally or physically occupying and it won’t tell on your grades.
  • In addition to all that has been said, you get to follow your dreams or do that crazy thing and you’d be better off in the long run. In essence, you might succeed.

Should I take a year off from college?

So, you’re probably asking me at this point: Should I take a year off from college or not?

And my answer is, yes, of course not. Yes, it is wrong for you to make that decision if you don’t consider the following perks and see if it works for you. You thought I was going to choose for you? Not on your life.

Things to consider before considering to take a year off from college

First and foremost, you need to ask yourself, ‘Why do I want to take a year off from College?’, you then need to add a sub-question, ‘Is it worth it?’ You have to sit down and think it through in line with your future desires and goals. Will this be for the better good of nobody else but you?

Secondly, understand how your college works. Some colleges give a maximum of 5 years to take off college, some 7. So probably, in case something comes up and you can’t return, you’re aware of your options.

You also have to know how to apply to get that leave of absence for a year, how to do it correctly and when to do it. Do you do it before exams or before the beginning of a new academic calendar? You need to find out.

Thirdly, make good use of your faculty adviser or secretary or school counselor. You can share with them the reasons why you want to take the leave.

The glitch to this, however, is that if it’s not a life-threatening thing and it’s something like what Mark Zuckerberg did: taking a while off to nurture Facebook, they might think you’re crazy and advise you against it. So, you have to know your onions well. Some people will just never be able to see the future as you do.

In addition, tell your parents or guardians about it. Particularly, if they’re the ones paying your college fees. Certain realistic situations might not give you the luxury of doing this, but most times and more often than not, it is wise to tell them.

Furthermore, plan all the way to the end. This probably includes scheming out a plan B, and evaluating the possibility of losing funding from your parents and how you’ll be able to cope on your own financially, having alternative plans if at the end of your hiatus, something goes wrong or it doesn’t go as planned or something comes up.

Conclusively, read about your dilemma or discuss with your mentor or role model, if you have one, about what you want to do. You can never get lost in the multitude of wise counsel. It’s either people give you a million reasons why you shouldn’t, which strengthens your resolve to, or a thousand reasons why you should which could help shape your final decision.

I’d personally recommend that you read “The Third Door” by Alex Banayan. He’s the closest to someone whose story you can relate with, having had to consider this same option in his third year in the University.

Writing this reminds me of a quote by Rob Siltanen;

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

I wish you good luck!



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