Preparing for College

Taking Time Off After High School

Question: I am an American citizen but live with my family overseas. I am about to start my senior year in high school and am considering taking a year off afterwards to live alone in my family's Florida home while I work part-time and attend some classes at a local college before I begin my college experience in earnest. Any advice?

Some students who take time off between high school and college think it's the best thing they ever did--it gives them time out to catch their breath and examine their priorities. Many say they then begin their college careers with more direction than had they stayed on the conveyor belt that took them right there straight from high school.

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