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Is it possible to take a year off?

Matt234Matt234 Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
edited January 2010 in College Life
I know you can before starting college as a freshman, but I've spent a semester in college now and am a Sophmore now. I really hate it and want to reassure myself that this is what I want to do, that I want to get a degree in my field and do this for the rest of my life.
Is it possible to take a year off between sophmore-junior year?
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Replies to: Is it possible to take a year off?

  • insomniaticinsomniatic Posts: 1,287- Member
    Do you have the finances to take a year off? I would have loved to take a year off, but never had the means to do so.
  • DCHurricaneDCHurricane Posts: 2,976- Senior Member
    It obviously depends on the school. Some schools put you in a 'withdraw status' where you're able to withdraw for some amount of time (usually up to a few years) and during those years, you can just contact them and tell them you want to switch back to full-time (or part-time) status and it's like you never left.

    Other schools might not let you leave for more than a semester. Ask your office of the registrar.
  • Matt234Matt234 Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
    No I dont. Ill have to work. I didnt plan on, you know, sipping drinks on the beach thinking bout what I should do. I meant I was gonna go into the working world, see what LIVING is like.
  • notorietynotoriety Posts: 44Registered User New Member
    sure, if you wanna.
  • jkaufmanjkaufman Posts: 1,065Registered User Member
    Only 1 in 10 people that take a year off before or during college ever go back.
  • DCHurricaneDCHurricane Posts: 2,976- Senior Member
    37.86% of statistics are pulled out of people's asses
  • navyarfnavyarf Posts: 366- Member
    Yes you can, I am doing exactly what you described, but make sure to research the specific policies at your school. Most will ask that you, "reapply", which in most cases means paying a fee to be re-enrolled (providing you have a solid G.P.A and no disciplinary records).

    I'm about the continue my second semester off and I think the experience has been positive. I work a part-time job and spend a great deal of my time in the public library.

    And while finances are important, the job-market right now and in the foreseeable future (next year or two) is atrocious, so taking some time off might even pay off financially. But make sure you are DOING SOMETHING, not just sitting at home and wasting away playing COD.
  • gotakungotakun Posts: 550Registered User Member
    I took a year off, starting last summer, after graduating from a community college. I'll be transferring this fall. I guess I'm that 1 in 10... I took an EMT class last semester and will be working this one. As far as I can tell, no harm done. I think it is definitely for the better that I'm doing this, and it has re-inspired me to enjoy school again :). (I am one of those students who graduated with a 3.9 GPA, though.)
  • Matt234Matt234 Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
    3.9 out of college or HS? I had a 4.3. I didnt/dont enjoy school though. I wanted to take a year off (maybe like backwards-psychology) to see how I can do without a degree. Deep in the back of my mind I want it to be ****ty and scare me back into college. But I really just wanna check all my options before commiting to something I dont like.
  • gotakungotakun Posts: 550Registered User Member
    3.9 out of college* (but it was a community college)

    I think it would take longer than a year to really see how you can do without a degree, unless you're planning to work at like a call center or as a server or something that doesn't require certifications or a lot of training. If you want to get the most out of your year, you should definitely go into it with a plan. Personally, I worked two jobs last summer, got EMT trained last fall, and will just be taking it easy from now until I transfer (one job). TBH, I really miss school :(. I knew I would.. I was just burned out.
  • jkaufmanjkaufman Posts: 1,065Registered User Member
    37.86% of statistics are pulled out of people's asses

    Well this is coming from a faculty at Brown so I guess this is part of the other 62.14%
  • monkylemonkyle Posts: 82- Junior Member
    OP, sorry if I am ruining your thread but

    Does it hurt to take a gap year? Like, when it comes to getting a job?
    I want to take off for a year or two. I don't have any health/financial problems but I am just really unhappy at the moment and need a break..Will the companies ever question why I took a gap year?
  • MrPropapandaMrPropapanda Posts: 940Registered User Member
    No one cares...
  • monkylemonkyle Posts: 82- Junior Member
    You definitely have a crush on me.
  • navyarfnavyarf Posts: 366- Member
    No companies will give a crap one way or the other, unless you happen to be convicted of felony on your "year off". lol
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