Taking a Break From School. Bad idea or just what I need?

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    Mar 27, 2012 7:02 AM GMT
    So I am thinking of taking a break from school...here is my background.

    Graduated from high school May 2010, went to an early college high school so I got my HS diploma and Associate's degree at the same time.
    Now we are nearing May 2012, I should be graduating with my Bachelors but I am not. I am on academic probation. Been doing horribly in school and keep changing my major. unsure of what to major in.


    Take a break from school for the summer and fall semester. Return to school in January 2013. Here is what is going to be done during this break

    1. Get certified as a personal trainer and start working and gaining experience. Being a PT has always been a dream of mine
    2. Find full time job for Monday through Friday and wait tables on the weekends
    3. Make a list of every career that interests me and go volunteer, observe or do an internship with that career
    4. Volunteer more in general in my community
    5. Learn how to manage my time better, I am late to EVERYTHING

    So I want to do all of this to start kicking ass in school and stop wasting time. Decide what I want to do and go to it no fear.

    My questions to all you smart men is this...
    - Does this seem like a good idea? Because not too many of the people around me think so.
    - If it is a good idea, any tips on how to make sure it benefits me like I want it to?
    - Any general tips, idea or comments?

    Thank you! I would really appreciate feed back I need it icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 27, 2012 8:57 AM GMT
    I took a year off from college in the middle. I didn't do SHIT during that year. Best year ever.
  • BardBear

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    Mar 27, 2012 10:03 AM GMT
    There is no denying that educational can and will impact your life. However, I don't and can't advocate taking time off from it. Education is an ongoing experience--one year can truly leave you in the lurch.

    But, at the same time, formal education isn't for everyone. But, as I read your post, you are not really "taking time off." You are still continuing to educate yourself in a manner that works for you and your personality. You have to find what fits.

    Too frequently, I see people "take time off" and that's it. Promise yourself that you will continue to get an education of some sort and further yourself. Don't become uneducated like Frothy Mix want you to become.

  • patmos9990

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    Mar 27, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    Sounds like a great plan. Only suggestion is to try to find that full time job doing something with your associate's degree. It will look much better in the long run than if you just find any meaningless job.
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    Mar 27, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    Why are you in school at all?

    I don't mean that in a snarky way: I'm serious. There's this idea in America that you must go to college, but it simply isn't true and drags a lot of people into unneeded debt for a mediocre degree they end up not using.

    From your description, it seems like fitness is a really big thing for you. If you still want to finish your degree, I'd go with a degree Business. My buddy started as a trainer, loved it, finished his Business degree and now runs a gym here in town making $100,000.
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    Mar 29, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the feedback guys!

    I actually decided to stay in school for the summer and fall semester, but with just one class each semester. Math classes since I really like those.
    Aside from that, I realized fitness is the bigger thing to me so I think I will either get a degree in Kinesiology or in Business.

    And I go to school at the University of Texas at El Paso, in El Paso, Texas.

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    Mar 29, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure there's some high statistic out there that people who drop out never come back.

    That being that... it kind of amazes me that people go into expensive state / private colleges with no idea what they want to do. If you're in that boat go to Community college! Get your generals done and dip your feet into a few things that you want to focus on before you start paying a hefty price. Then your last 2 years go to a state college.