(Closed) Taking a year off of school before grad school?

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I took a year and a half off in between undergrad and grad. I worked during the time and it was a breath of fresh air not to have any papers to write! I highly recommend a break! But not too long or you may not want to go back. 😉

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Like you, when I was approaching the end of college, i was burnt out.  Seriously burnt out.  I love school and I wanted to tear my hair out!  Also, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life!  So what I did was i decied to take time off after graduation–for an undetermined time.  As it turns out, after about a year in the working world, I decided I wanted to be a teacher.  Two years after graduation, I am now in graduate school getting my Masters in Education and teaching credential.

While it’s hard to get back into the groove of school, it was much easier than I thought.  And, best of all, I wasn’t tired and burnt out when I got in.  You need to take care of yourself, know what you want to do with your life, and see a goal in going into grad school to make it worth it.  Grad school is way more work than undergrad–you want to go into that refreshed!

Good luck in whatever you decide.  Don’t worry about what your parents want you to do.  You’re an adult and it’s your life.  They’ll support you eventually.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think your living my life!

I feel exactly the same way. I will graduate in May but feel so burnt out from the whole undegraduate experience it’s making me doubt my commitment to grad school. Just thinking of all the work I have to put into grad school applications on top of the wedding and schoolwork, is just depressing. 

I also felt like taking a break from grad school and working for a while. I am now waiting on a potential job offer, but not sure which direction I should take,

Virtual HUGS

Feel better knowing your not the only one going through this rough patch

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I regret NOT taking a break. I ended up dropping out of grad school because I was so burnt out going from an intense undergrad program to an even more intense grad program. Take the time off.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Amen to that!
You sound more put together than I am though… somedays ( like today)  I do not make it to class. Doesn’t help that I have a 40 hr. work week too. 

Honestly one of the best things to do, and it will sound selfish, but get a day and do something FUN, not work related not school related not wedding related. and DO NOT TALK or think about any of these things.  It helps.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I’m taking a break after I graduate next year but then again I kind of have no clue what I what to actually do in grad school and I figure i need a break in general. Though it is kind of funny that I consider working a break. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@Ms.Pink: definately get them now! I don’t know how large the school you go to now is, but it will be easier for your professors to write one for you while its fresh in their memories! 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Get your letters of rec now for sure!  I didn’t take a break and I am SO glad I didn’t!! yes I waas burnt out too ( worked full time while being a single mom of a toddler at the time) but when i was done I was DONE! i did eventually go back to get my teaching credential and it was no big deal. i was still in the groove of school and it was easy to jump back in! good luck and plan something fun for your break!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I waited until a year and a half later to ask for letters of rec, but that’s because I really didn’t know when I wanted to go to school.  Also, I made some really strong connections in college so the 3 people I got recommendations from definitely remembered me.  However, that said, get them now!  You can always ask them to revise them or update them with relevant information later, but get them now!  I know my University had a letter writing system where letters can be stored for up to five years after graduation.  Maybe ask your Career Center at your University if they have something like that.

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Ms.Pink: I took a year and a half off and it was probably the best decision, both personally and professionally, I have made. If you are really feeling miserable, and doubting whether you want to spend your life doing whatever it is you would be going to grad school for, wait.    As far as recommendation letters, I would suggest giving your professors a heads up now and see if they would prefer to write the letter now, or wait until you’ve decided what you want to pursue in grad school.  

All of that said – don’t forget to factor in your financial stability (i.e., if you don’t go to grad school, can you get a decent job; do you have student loans, etc) 

Good luck!

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I took a year off before grad school and it was the best decision of my life. Well technically, I didn’t get into grad school right away…so I had to take a year off!

I lived at home for a year, saved all my money, went a really lavish vacation in Europe, then started fresh in grad school.

I also felt like I was better prepared to be a good student after taking a break. Some of the girls in my class who went right though, seemed really immature to me. A lot changes in your first year after college, and I think it’s important to experience that as an adult, not a student.

What are you planning on studying?

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Ms.Pink:  I know this is an old thread, but just wanted to jump in and say that I took a two-year break in between undergrad and grad school, and I am really glad I did.  I had time to see what life was like without school, which made me realize that I very much did want to earn a Masters!  Also, I didn’t have any trouble getting rec letters despite the gap.  If you’re worried about it, I would go in to office hours and talk to your professors and explain the situation.  I’m  sure they’d be happy to work with you.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I would take a break. I’ve been talking to my professors about this very subject, and they all strongly suggest taking a break between undergrad and graduate school. It makes sense on so many levels. You’ll have more experience, hopefully more money, your application will be more complete with all of your undergrad grades, etc. I think it also depends on what level of graduate school you are going in for. If you are going in for a masters, I think that you might be able to plunge right in without taking a break (though it would probably be diffcult). But if you’re getting a doctorate, I would definitely take a break. That’s a lot of extra schooling, you don’t want to be burned out in the beginning of a 5+ year program!

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