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Dropping a Year? Not a Bad Idea!

Dropping a year to prepare again is not a bad idea. Actually, it is not that bad as it sounds. It’s a time to discover yourself. The question here is how to start with the planning. Before you get confused with thinking about the practicalities and technicalities of specific issues, it is better to get clear with the things you want to do. Now, let’s start with the productive things you can do in a gap year.

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The best way to spend the year is by travelling, and the best thing about travelling is that you can do whatever you like. It gives you liberty to fulfil your interest without any compromises. Travelling alone makes you confident enough to face any difficulties which come along. Today, everybody likes to experience some kind of adventure, so why not challenge yourself with a trip to some amazing adventurous place? Join some trekking camps or travelling programmes which will help you fulfil your wish. Or take a road to explore and discover various new cultures about which you must have read but never came across in reality. Travel and explore the stunning architecture and vibrant cultures which await you.     


If you want to make the most out of the gap year by building some valuable skills, then join an internship programme. An internship gives you a chance to experience new trends and market culture which enhances your career. Experience which comes from an internship is hard to inherit from any volunteer jobs. Never forget that any kind of work experience is beneficial in a career, so why not make this year count for the many more years which are to come? Join an internship programme of a reputed company or try to look for opportunities which will open the door to your dream career.


Taking risks in life at times is important because it helps to decide what is more important for you. And if you are one of them who want to drop a year for better opportunity, then don’t hesitate. Just go ahead and take a chance. Nothing comes easy in life; good things come with a high cost; so, in order to achieve something big, you will have to take a risk of dropping a year to make better plans like planning to go abroad for studies or retaking a postgraduate entrance exam. For any educational purpose, only two things you will have to keep in mind – one is that you may get frustrated with the decision over the period and the second is the year may turn out to be a lot more stressful than you imagined. So, make yourself strong enough to face any challenges which come along and achieve your dream.

Learn a Language

Expose yourself to different languages and cultures. If you are planning to study abroad, then work towards the new challenges which you may come across when you are in the country. This gap can be a great opportunity to learn different languages because mastering a language will come in handy at any point of life. There can be scenarios where you will be forced to integrate into new society or adapt cultural norms such as going for abroad studies. In such cases, if you know the language, you will be able to settle faster than expected.

Pick a Hobby

You have a guitar, but you haven’t played it yet? There are many among us who have killed a hobby or dumped it into the closet. Why not utilise this gap year doing something you really wished such as dancing, singing, sports or anything which interests you? Who knows your hobby may turn out to be a successfully career option. Some students just wish for this time where they can live their heart out doing things they really wished. If you have such an opportunity, then why not use it completely without any hesitation? 

Life is full of second chances, so there is no harm in taking a risk. Planning to drop a year is also one of them. Don’t give up; things may not always favour you.

Tejal Mistry

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