You’re in luck. The economy is in overdrive- and anyone legally able to work in the US can find a job! You can sign up with a temp agency and do short stints (a few weeks, a month or two) to see what different jobs are like.
First, remember, you are still young, and if you discover after you start working as a nurse that you really don’t like it, you can try a different direction. The advantage of being a nurse while you pursue other career options is that there is a shortage in nursing staff, so you will be able to work while trying to figure out what else you would like to do.
It’s never too soon nor too early to start thinking about what you would like to do.
I have a friend who decided in his 30s to become a school teacher, and went back to school to get his teaching degree, and have been a teacher for over 10 years now. My SIL was trained as a curriculum developer for kindergartens. Then she moved to a country where such a position does not exist, and, after trying this and that, went to nursing school in her 40s, and is dong pretty well and is pretty satisfied with her choice.
So the job you get in the early 20s is not the career you will follow for the rest of your life, and pivoting to another direction in your late 20s, in your 30s, 40s, or even 50s and 60s is a perfectly viable life choice, and generally has positive outcomes.
Life may seem short, but it take surprisingly less time than you would think to change career tracks. However, changing career tracks is always easier while having a paying job, or after working a for a bit and saving money.
Also, if you want to take time off after you graduate and you can afford to do so – then that’s fine . If you can’t afford to do so, then you’ll find some type of work. That’s how most of the rest of us manage our lives.
Just because you are getting a BSN doesn’t mean you need to actually go into nursing. Pharma companies hire nurses as CRAs to help support clinical research. Professional sports teams have a full medicals staff including nurses…
I am assuming that “BSN” means “bachelor’s of science in nursing”.
The nurses I know (only a short list) seem to be largely motivated by helping their patients. In school you study. Books can be rather impersonal. Once you get into the real world helping people will be much more of your day to day life.
Also, in university many (perhaps all?) students study a lot. In the evenings there is something that you need to do, which probably involves studying. Weekends are the same. Once you get a job, you work when you are on the job. Then you punch the clock and/or your shift ends and you go home and relax, or you go out to dinner and a beer with friends and you relax.
As others have said nursing is an area where there are part time jobs. Whether you can afford this will depend upon things we don’t know, such as whether you have debt and what your bank account looks like. If you want something very different there are also options such as the Peace Corps.
It is normal to have these feelings before graduation and moving on. You will find your way. There are so many options with nursing or using those skills. You can go anywhere in the world and use them.
Plan a little break if you can.
Apply to various nursing and related jobs and during the interviews see what seems interesting. Nurses tend to shift during their career. I know some who have gone from ER to working in an elementary school to a private practice and then back to the ER. Other love being a traveling nurse.
The only way to know for sure is to actually start doing it. There’s a huge difference between academics and practical work. Some people, like me, hate the academic side, but thrive in the workforce. If you find that you still hate it, all is not lost. You still have a job and a steady income. Just do some soul searching and patiently make a plan to change, then do it.
You will forever be unhappy in life if that is how you view things. Perhaps a mental health professional may be better suited to answer why you cannot progress to maintaining a job and financially supporting yourself completely.