Ive been very tired emotionally,Physically and mentally. It feels after A-levels it took a Toll on my mental health and I always feel tired and burned out. I am barely getting past this year which zero motivation. Would you think its a wise idea to take a gap year after this year as I feel I need a long break away from education and clear my mind. I have always been a motivated and hard-working person but lately Ive been very demotivated and tired.
I need a Break from Education Considering Taking a Gap year After first Year Watch
- Thread Starter
- 21-02-2016 16:09
- 21-02-2016 16:12
Each to their own. My experience with people taking gap years for the reason you mention is that it papers over a deeper problem. They come back from the gap year and within a very short period of time at university they have the same feelings. The root of the problem is quite often that academics is really not for them.
- 22-02-2016 13:01
I felt very much the same after my A-levels. I was constantly tired and absolutely drained! I took a gap year, and would definitely recommend it. However, the key thing is to do something productive with a gap year; something that benefits you and others around you. A gap year without much planning and just to take a break might have adverse effects.
I started my gap year with some work experience, then some organised travelling abroad with a company called Gapforce. Because it was an organised trip, I could switch off and just enjoy it. Then I went on to do some solo backpacking.
- 22-02-2016 13:10
I took a gap year, there was no way that I was going to be able to stick out my first year at uni in the state I was in. I had applied to uni to do a course that I didn't really want to do and school and other things had been stressing me out to the extreme. I had lost all motivation and had pretty much given up on my classes by the time it came to exam time. I decided to take a year out and decline all my offers - my friends thought I was crazy for doing this but it really benefitted me. I just worked in my spare time and took two months out to go to Canada. I'm not going to say taking a gap year changed my life but it really helped me to de-stress and feel like I could actually go to uni and be able to achieve something rather than dropping out like I would have if I had gone to uni straight from school.
It's up to you, I'm not going to say you should take a gap year just because I did, but if you did I would definitely recommend doing something productive with your free time.