Hello everyone! While I may not be keeping my mind stimulated by taking summer classes such as some of the other bloggers, I have been doing a lot of traveling, which has stimulated my mind in a completely different way. Traveling really makes one aware of all the endless possibilities the world holds, and during my trip I did a lot of contemplating about my plans for the future, more specifically next year. This is where I could use your advice.
On Monday I returned from a three week long trip to Germany and Spain. I flew over alone and visited family (I am half Spanish). While there, my Spanish family proposed that I spend a year in Spain, in between high school and college. My first thought on this was “No way, I’m going to college directly after high school.” This of course has always been my plan, but my Spanish family thinks it is important that I spend a year in Spain to learn the language (I do not speak fluent Spanish), and the culture. Their proposal was that I live with family or on my own, while taking some courses at the local university.
I’ve thought about this a little, and I think the only way I would put off college is if I did it through a gap year program. Although it is not so common in America, many students around the world often take a gap year in between high school and college to live in the country of their choice, while taking courses and learning new things. Many people praise these programs because they feel it opens the mind and teaches one to be more independent before starting college. I feel doing it this way would be much more organized, and it would be more acceptable to colleges (maybe I could defer enrollment). This is a good opportunity I feel, but also a hard decision.
Tell me what you guys think. Is it smarter to start college directly after high school, or will taking a gap year truly “open my mind” and better prepare me for college?