Are you a high school student debating whether to take a year off before you go to college? If so, you may not be doing yourself as much of a favor as you think. A lot of people say that taking a year or more off from school allows a student to rejuvenate himself or herself before going to a university, but the negatives of this time off may outweigh the positives. Before you give up on going to college when you graduate, you need to strongly consider the consequences of your decisions. Here are a few reasons why you may want to start your paralegal training right after you get out of high school.
Do you think that incoming students are called freshmen just because they smell nicer than the sweaty juniors and seniors that roam the halls? Nope. They're called that because they have information from high school fresh in their minds. If you get into college right after high school, you will still have a pretty good memory about important facts from your core courses. Those facts will come in handy in a university setting. I jumped straight into Calc 2 whenever I entered my freshman year in college, and I was so happy that I had my Calc 1 knowledge still in place when I got there. If I had to do that now (four years later), I would be completely lost. I would probably have to take lower level math classes over just to refresh my mind. If you want to stroll straight through your courses, you need to take them back to back.
By the way, I made up the whole freshman = fresh knowledge thing. It just made a cool transition in the article, and it drove my point home. Don't sue me for screwing up the etymology, okay?
The faster you can get a job, the faster you can start making money in whatever it is you want to do in life. That means that you need to do whatever you can to get out in the workforce quickly. If you dilly dally with your education, you run the risk of eating up vital work time. That's going to bite you in the ass later on. Consider the year you take off now as a year extra of work that you'll have to do in the future, when you are old, frail, and probably growing hair out of your ears. Is that really what you want? I didn't think so.
When you start college right after high school, you have a stronger drive to get through your work. You're used to pushing yourself already, and you're willing to do whatever it takes to continue pushing until you get your degree. If you take a year off, you may not want to come back to school. Then what are you going to do? Think about the first day of school after summer break. It sucks, right? Now magnify that by four because you'll have 12 months off, not 3. Imagine the suckage that would come from that! To avoid working at the snow cone stand for the rest of your life, you need to get in college as soon as possible and start a real career, driven to succeed no matter what.
I know the thought of college is scary and intimidating, but it is something you have to face like one of the big boys. You're an adult now. It is time to take on the challenge that life is presenting you with. I think you can handle it. Now you just have to convince yourself of that.