Cons of Taking a Gap Year

Whether you decide to take a gap year straight out of high school or before transferring to another college/university, I think that there are a numerous amount of pros to note when considering a gap year. Therefore, sometimes the cons can be overlooked because of how badly you’d like to take a gap year.

 photo IMG_3446.jpgKeep in mind that I am not against gap years, I just want to make sure you are considering the leap with a lot of serious thought.

  • Falling Behind Your Peers. To put it shortly, you’ll probably be the oldest in the majority of your classes once you return to school and will still be finishing school when your friends will have graduated and probably be starting their careers. Not the most pleasant feeling.
  • Getting too comfortable. Something to consider is the likelihood of you coming back to school. I am aware that everyone is different, but sometimes people get comfortable in the “real world” during their gap year. They might be spending their time working more and therefore making more money. It’s easy to get caught up in making more money during a gap year compared to being in school, but sometimes an education can help you make even more money later in life and lead to an even more comfortable life when you look at the big picture.
  • Losing Financial Resources. Some students who decide to take a gap year may lose some of the scholarship or grant opportunities they’ve previously had before taking a gap year. If you’re a high school student deciding to take a gap year before starting college, you’re very likely to have an issue with this.

If you’re still interested in taking a gap year, check out Sarah’s 5 reasons to take a gap year and her advice on what you need to do during a gap year.

No matter what route you take, we want to make sure you make an informed decision and wish you success!

– Alena Y.