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Why I Wish I Had Taken a Year Off Before College

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High School. The last step before “adulthood.” It’s senior year and you just can’t wait to get the hell out of your parents house.

You can’t wait for college. All the parties and the new friends and the freedom. Oh yes, that first taste of freedom is almost here.

One day soon, you’ll be walking across that stage, getting your diploma and heading off to college.

It all sounds so amazing, until one day, you realize you’re 3/4 of the way through Freshman year and your only friend is your roommate, you still call your mom at least once a week for help, and you can’t remember the last time you went out for fun.

I was so excited to go out and explore, because I finally had that freedom and I was ready for the “college experience,” but let me tell you what. College does NOT equal freedom.

I spent more time sitting in my dorm reading than I did out having fun, and I spent so much time in class, I barely got a chance to explore. And on top of that a full time job, just to make ends meet.

I wanted more than anything just to be able to have some real life experiences, and be an “adult” but instead, it felt like high school all over again. But with less sleep and more homework. And don’t forget the top ramen.

SO MUCH TOP RAMEN.

College was supposed to be the best time of my life and I was miserable, constantly wondering what it would feel like to just quit. Just drop out.

I spent my entire Freshman year wishing I wasn’t there.

Now, don’t get me wrong it’s amazing to be able to say I went straight to university from high school and rocked it.

It’s great to be able to say I have a degree.

But, I wish I had enjoyed it more. I wish I had taken a year to myself, just to figure out what I really wanted. Who I was without high school and parents.

Looking back, I don’t regret anything, I’m happy with my life, but a big part of me wishes I had taken just a year to myself.

I wish I had taken a year to just be me.


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