Low self-esteem. Should I take a gap year?

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Is taking a year out to improve my mental health and self-esteem so that I take full advantage of all the opportunities available to me at university a good idea?
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When you say 'year out' are you at uni or deferring entry for a year? If at uni, what have they advised? And it depends what you will be doing during the gap year. Don't need specifics but, if you haven't already, will you be getting professional help to improve your mental health? What else will you be doing?
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(Original post by Surnia)
When you say 'year out' are you at uni or deferring entry for a year? If at uni, what have they advised? And it depends what you will be doing during the gap year. Don't need specifics but, if you haven't already, will you be getting professional help to improve your mental health? What else will you be doing?
I haven't started uni. I just finished A-levels and I don't feel prepared for uni. For my gap year, I have planned travel and volunteering and paid work.
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You need to have some type of structure and direction, but I don't think it's wrong at all to take a year out if you feel you need it. With everything going on too that's totally understandable.

After uni I took a year out and did nothing because my mental health was so bad. I don't regret it at all and I think it would have hit me a lot harder later on if I just ignored things and kept pushing on.
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