Through the semester, many students question what they’re doing at college in the first place. Some are there simply because they didn’t feel that they had a choice. Throughout my personal school career, it was always hammered into my skull that right after high school, I’d have to go to college, and then I could get a job. For some reason, I was made to believe that without a college education, I was basically a bum; I’d go nowhere in life and be stuck with a telemarketing career.
Although, college isn’t advertised the same way to every student, it makes you think. We are in fact allowed to question whether or not college is right for each of us, and our interests. We don’t have to just throw ourselves into it immediately, just because it seems to be the next logical course of action.
If the topic of “taking a year off” is ever brought up, people pounce. “If you take a whole year off, there’s no way you will go back to school,” some declare. It seems a bit unfair that you’ve been in school twelve or so years and then are looked down upon if you need a break. Whether it’s because of a financial reason or just needing time to adjust to new responsibilities, taking a year off isn’t going to hurt when you really need it.
Being in the same grade as your peers is also a motivator to keep taking courses at a certain rate, which are usually about five classes per semester. However, it may not always be best for you. Everyone has their own limit to how much they can multitask. If you need to only take three classes at a time, in order for you to get the A’s you want, fine. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Do what’s right for you!
The point is, do what’s best for you and your sanity. If you do some research your future career, find out every thing you can about it. In the end, if you find that you don’t need a degree to get this job and you hate school with a passion, then drop out. Don’t make yourself miserable just to please others. Find out how you can best serve you.