Well, I’ve taken two years off now and I think this year helped more than the first. But it’s different for everyone.
The first year really helped me learn how to spend and save my money. But I really didn’t move forward at all and felt like I was in a stand still. And I HATE that feeling with a passion… so it was really hard for me. But it was my own fault for not reaching out to other things other than work and hanging out.
I find that even doing little things like going to events and talking to people you haven’t talked to in a long time, help you further your goals and make you realize what you really want.
I still don’t know what I want to do, but I am much closer thanks to taking a couple years off. It was the best thing for me, in my opinion. If I had gone to school not knowing what I really wanted, it would have been another 5-7 thousand dollars down the drain… and I’m not ready to do that yet.
But honestly, do what you feel is the best for YOU. Don’t do what your parents tell you you’re “supposed” to do or what your friends say would be the most fun… do what you think would make YOU the happiest, and other people will be happy for you in the end. If they’re not… well, they’re just fucking assholes. ;)