Taking a year off before college?

Actually, in my case, it would be two years now.

I graduated from high school in 2008, and took a year off in order to travel overseas. Since I've been back in the country, I've been working a full time job for the past two months and have planned on quitting so I can go to an awesome out-of-state college this fall 2009.

Now my boss has offered me an assistant manager position. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job, and it's great money. I am also not looking that forward to college. I have always made good grades and cannot wait to be a teacher, but now I'm thinking it would just be fun to take another year off so I can keep keep my assistant management position. I could go to school part-time at a community college (save boatloads of money, rack up some credits...) and go to my school of choice NEXT fall.

Even as I type this, taking another year off seems kind of silly. But it's tempting all the same.

Any honest advice? Pros/cons??
Go to school! Once you start making more money, you'll never want to go back. My situation is a little different, but I wish more than anything that I hadn't taken time off between undergraduate and undergraduate. Now, I'm 30, back in school, and living like a poor 20 year old. It sucks.
I gotta agree with Cyndi. I quit college in my sophomore year because I hated my major, then I started working full-time. I was making good money so there was no real desire to go back to school. Now I am 31 and finishing my bachelor's degree, which I could have had long ago. I hate to have regrets, but I truly wish I had just stayed in school back then.
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I think if you don't stick with your plan of taking one year off, you will always find one more reason not to go back to school.
Go to school now. I took time off after high school to work...and it ended up being 10 years before I actually went to college, and it was hard as hell, because I had a child and was divorced by then. It's so much easier to go to college when you are young and don't have so many responsibilities to juggle. You'll enjoy it a lot more too. By the time I did college, it was a move of desperation to improve my life and I didn't enjoy it at all. Did I mention it was hard as hell?
1 year is fine, 2 years is pushing it. At 3 years you are getting to the point where it's going to be impossible to give up a salary and go back. GO BACK NOW!

(This is coming from the woman who took two years off after college and somehow convinced herself to go back to medical school)
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Go back!!!

I took a year off, started making good money and never went back. Granted, that decision led me where I am today & I have no regrets, but it sounds like teaching is where you want to be. Stick to your plans and go back!
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Do you need the money for college?

I am going to go the other way...and say take another year off. I wish I had taken off 2 years or even a year before starting college after high school. Because now after years and years and years and years of working, I really want to take off a few years and just travel and be a bum.
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If you take another year off, make sure to attend classes at community college and take them seriously. As others have mentioned, it is really easy to get off track if you don't go to college right after high school.

I loved almost every class that I took in college, and most of them weren't the type that community colleges offer. However, if you plan on studying something that's popular, like math, sociology, or English, then community college could be a good choice.
I think more people should take a gap year between high school and college for travel, work experience, etc. before dropping $$$$$ on a degree in a field they may or may not end up liking. But in your case, taking a second year to work may not be the best decision for all of the reasons already mentioned.

Do you work at a company that has an office (branch, store, whatever) in the town you plan to attend college? If so, maybe you can work out an internal transfer that would allow you to keep your job part time while you're at school. Then you get the benefits of a little extra income and continued work experience.
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I think more people should take a gap year between high school and college for travel, work experience, etc. before dropping $$$$$ on a degree in a field they may or may not end up liking.
Originally Posted by Anthro Incarnate
I completely agree with this.
I am also not looking that forward to college. I have always made good grades and cannot wait to be a teacher, but now I'm thinking it would just be fun to take another year off so I can keep keep my assistant management position. I could go to school part-time at a community college (save boatloads of money, rack up some credits...) and go to my school of choice NEXT fall.
Originally Posted by Jasha_1.9
If you're not looking forward to college, I think you should delay it a bit longer. I think going to school part time at the comm college while working is a great idea.

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I think more people should take a gap year between high school and college for travel, work experience, etc. before dropping $$$$$ on a degree in a field they may or may not end up liking.
Originally Posted by Anthro Incarnate
I completely agree with this.
Originally Posted by CurlyGina2
So do I. In fact, I wish that I would have taken a year off myself to mature a bit; I think that I would have been more confident and been a better student. I also think I would have chosen a different major.

Everyone is different, and it really depends on what you want to do, but I think it's better in many cases for people to take time off between undergrad and grad school as well. You have a better idea of what you expect to get out of the advanced degree and may even discover that you don't need it to get to where you want to go, or you might not even like your chosen career field after having worked in it for a couple of years. If you do choose to go back and are employed, your employer can help you pay for it, although it sucks to have to work full time and go to school.
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I am also not looking that forward to college. I have always made good grades and cannot wait to be a teacher, but now I'm thinking it would just be fun to take another year off so I can keep keep my assistant management position. I could go to school part-time at a community college (save boatloads of money, rack up some credits...) and go to my school of choice NEXT fall.
Originally Posted by Jasha_1.9
If you're not looking forward to college, I think you should delay it a bit longer. I think going to school part time at the comm college while working is a great idea.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
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I do wish I would have traveled overseas, tho...
You can travel oversees when you're done. It will be more fun that way. You can afford to stay in a hotel rather than a hostel. Or,you can do itduring your summer vacation the way most college students do. You don't want to be "older freshman." You're going to miss out on the whole college experience. If you go now, will you parents pay? As you get older, the amount of money the family wants to contribute goes down. Like I said, being 30 year old student is NO FUN. I had a blast as an undergrad and would hate for anybody to miss out onthat experience.
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It was no fun getting my masters at my age, either...
But, the thing was...I did finish
I'd go back. The longer you're out, the more things/opportunities/promotions will come up that will make you more and more reluctant to go back. Go now and get it over with!

You can travel oversees when you're done.
Originally Posted by cyndi
Yeah... I was gonna say, yeah everyone wants the "take a year off and travel overseas" thing, but who exactly is going to pay for it? Once you start making real money, your trips will be more fun.

Study abroad if you can; that'll satisfy your desire to travel but you'll still get your schooling done, too. I have a friend who is studying abroad in Europe this summer who's leaving a few weeks early with a few others from her class and they're going to traipse around Europe for a few weeks before their classes start in Rome.
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One thing to keep in mind when contemplating a break between HS and college is health insurance. You get kicked off the parents' policy at age 18 unless you are a full-time student. Not many 18 year olds can find a full-time job with insurance. If you are lucky enough to do so, great. If not, then I hope you don't get sick or hurt. Delaying college means you will be older when you graduate. Even full-time students get kicked off the parental health policy at age 23. And, some health policies won't allow an adult child to be reinstated on the health policy if they go back to school. I know my policy gave me a lot of trouble when my oldest son was in-and-out of college. I had to appeal it like 3 times before they finally reinstated him.
I would say its harder to take a gap year AFTER finishing uni- as my tutors have pointed out- you'll only be an undergraduate fresh from uni once, after a year there's loads more graduates out there all looking for a job in the same field as you, and you're no longer the new talent with the new ideas, but someone whose been wondering around taking a gap year. But perhaps thats just how the field of competition works in the illustration/publishing industry.

If you're not looking forward to going. Why are you? Its a lot of debt if you r unsure. Also if you have a job you love, is it possible to get the degree you want, part time while keeping some money coming in? Everybody's different. Some people love uni and need to go there to get where they want to be in life, others go because they dont know what they want to do, some people thrive doing some sort of apprenticeship. Gd luck deciding what you want to do!

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