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Why I’m Taking A Gap-Year For College…FOR GOOD.

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” And when you’re older, “What are you going to do when you graduate?” and “What are you going to college for?”.

The curious questions from grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles are daunting and very expected, yet so unexpected. The college discussion is ranked right on up there with some of the most terrifying conversations you’ll ever have!

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve never really had the burning desire to go to college, and when I was young didn’t think about it because, hey, reading. I had no time to discuss such futuristic matters!

But now I see the importance of these questions, that I could provoke some change in those around me, and perhaps, Lord willing, stir up the status quo and cause folks to think for themselves instead of The American Dream telling us what we should do when High School is over.

Yes, I am among the generation of radical kids that will not be going to college. I will not be staying in a dorm, nor will I be even taking classes locally. I have an alternative.

Say, I wanted to do something else. Perhaps I wanted to pursue art, writing, learning about becoming a freelance editor, photography, marketing, invest in the lives of my siblings and younger friends, counseling, baking, homesteading, sewing, quilting, digging into God’s Word, having Bible studies, candle making and maybe even pursue starting a home business?

I think some of you (even if you didn’t admit it) would say to yourselves (or to me) that my plans were foolish/a waste of time and that I can do these things after college. I think you would also talk about that now is the time to pursue hobbies, but that I could do that later, maybe when I retired, then I could pursue my dreams.

I am basically taking the idea of a gap year and applying it to my own life. Gap year in Wikipedia words:

During this time students may engage in advanced academic courses, extra-academic courses and non-academic courses, such as yearlong pre-college math courses, language studies, learning a trade, art studies, volunteer work, travel, internships, sports and more. Gap years are sometimes urged as a way for students to become independent and learn a great deal of responsibility prior to engaging in university life.

You see, there are many faults I, (and many other people) find in going to college….Problems that can hinder me in my life, my walk with God, my future hopes….Problems that I don’t want to willingly accept in to….I don’t want to pay to fall into these lifelong roadblocks!

Issues like student loans, purity, turning away from the church, being exposed to unbiblical teaching, etc.

There are many things in this life I want to accomplish, many life lessons I need to learn, and plenty of character qualities to work through to become a better sister, daughter, woman, Christian and, well, adult. I, like many other people, just don’t have the time to get in debt over education! And frankly, I really don’t want to get in debt.

(Consider these Bible verses: Romans 13:8, Ecclesiastes 5:8, Proverbs 22:26-27)

I honestly don’t want to dive into all the ways college is a bad idea, but if you want further study on this topic, pray fervently and ask the Lord what He would have you do about college, even if the answer is something you had hoped against AND read Chucking College by Melanie Ellison. It’s a wonderful book that quickly and effectively discusses each and every con to college, then presents helpful alternatives. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ll probably have a review up soon!

Interesting List Of College Drop-Outs For Your Consideration:

  • Michael Dell, Dell founder, dropped out at 19
  • Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dropped out at 19
  • Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, dropped out at 19
  • Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, dropped out at 20
  • Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder, dropped out at 20
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, dropped out at 20
  • John Mackey, Whole Foods founder, dropped out at 22
  • Wofgang Puck quit school at 14 to to be a cooking apprentice
  • Walt Disney dropped out to join Red Cross
  • Abraham Lincoln left school at 12 to help with his family farm.
  • David Karp, Tumblr founder dropped out at 14 because his mom encouraged him to focus on computers.
  • Coco Chanel left school at 18, and later became one of the world’s most famous fashion designers.
  • Abigail Adams, U.S. First Lady, homeschooler.
  • Adele, the singer, dropped out because she was offered a record deal.
  • Julie Andres, Oscar award-winning singer and actress.
  • Jane Austen, dropped out at age 11.
  • Glenn Beck, Radio and Tv and political commentator, bestselling book author, dropped out of Yale.

Bottom line is this: I’m pursuing things today that some people would say needs to wait after college, and I’m already reaping the benefits. I’m pursuing God’s Will for my life, living abundantly, and am daily striving to make myself a better person for God’s glory.  Period.

 

~By His Grace,

Halee

 

Let’s chat in the comments! We may not agree on this topic, but we can discuss and I’d love to go further in respectfully!

 

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5 thoughts on “Why I’m Taking A Gap-Year For College…FOR GOOD.

  1. I work at Walgreens and I always have customers asking me why i am not in college and telling me that i need to go. Some will even go as far to get angry at me?! I went for half a semester and dropped out. It wasn’t for me. Not because I don’t like school (i love school work😛) but because it wasnt where God wanted me to be. And because I’d rather start a job, earning money than going into debt to get a job in four years and then try to pay off student loans. Girl Defined did a video about what it means to be a successful woman and I loved how they explained it! Anyways, I really enjoyed this post and could totally relate lol

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  2. I am incredibly familiar with those intimidating conversations. At my graduation party I had to sit through so many people telling me what to do with my life. Of course they didn’t word it in such a way, but at the core that’s what they were doing. Albeit in love.
    I told innumerable people on innumerable occasions what my plan was. Work, save up, travel, get married and start a family. But, I believe the idea of college is so ingrained in people they don’t know how to give it up.
    So, I applaud you for making up your own mind and listening to God’s calling for you.
    -Lorraine VK

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  3. I think your decision about college is good Halee! Whatever you decide, if you are fully convinced in your own mind and have peace, then it must be God’s plan for you. I had always personally wanted to go to college and God made a way for me to go. It hasn’t been easy and my faith was shaken when I became a student. But I can see God leading, teaching, and using me in the lives of students, professors, colleagues, and now patients. College isn’t for everyone, but through it I became a CNA and also met someone one night full of the Holy Spirit who led me closer to Christ. I’m currently working to become a medical sonographer and transferring to another college. I’ve experienced running my own art business, being a nanny, and various child care positions. It’s not easy working and juggling school, I know I could not do it if Jesus Christ were not with me. In the end, I hope I will bring glory to Jesus and that I finish the race strong. You have many possibilities Halee, but always remember that the only possibility that matters is the one God picks for you! Whatever He picks is going to be fantastic and I’m so exited for you! Glorify and honor Him with your life, and finish the race strong. Always keep busy and productive and try many new things!

    Jessica❤️

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  4. I have always felt an aversion to the idea of college too. I would far rather spend my time studying God’s word and pursuing ministry opportunities. If can be really frustrating when so many people ask “what are you gonna do for college”. It sounds bad to them if you say, “actually I’m not going to college.” But really, I just dont feel like God is calling me to dump myself into that environment. Thank you for this great post!

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  5. I totally agree with you, Halee! I’m not going to college either (though I’m not looking down on those who do! :). I just think for me it is a better choice to stay home, work, help my family and ministry, travel when I can, and work on growing in The Lord until (if and when) he brings something or someone else into my life. :) It definitely gets a little annoying sometimes to answer people with “I’m actually not going to college…” and have them look at you like you have 10 or 15 heads. XD

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