gap year after frosh year at yale?
hey y'all. i had always thought about taking a gap year to teach english in south america or doing something with public health, but my parents had always adamantly opposed it. it seemed impossible to take a gap year before college because my parents, who are asian and never went to college, were afraid that i might forgo my acceptance into college. so i agreed to attend yale in the fall.
flash forward a few months to today, july 13. i have spent a few weeks in korea for the first time in 12 years, which is the land of my ancestors (but i will always be an american at heart) and just came back from a trip to japan. i have seen human masterpieces in architecture, truly awing and vibrant murals of nature, and a spectrum of human behavior from the far east and in the west, because i took a trip to mexico in february. my desire to spend time in different places is undoubtable now, and i know that i will take some time off in the future to travel or work in the peace corps (at least to polish up my spanish or korean). the dilemma is that i don't know what to pursue in the future, may it be premed, public health, law, business, or even anthropology, and i truly believe that if i were to take a gap year between my frosh and soph years in college, i will discover the career path that fits me.
i would appreciate some advice from current yale students or graduates, or even parents or teachers. perhaps, in light of my recent adventures in the far east, i am unknowingly hoity-toity. but i have always wanted to spend some time around the world, i know i will do so after i graduate from yale. the question if whether i should take some time off after frosh year to "find myself."