Student debt so high that you can’t sleep at night because you are thinking about how much money you owe? Has studying 7 days a week stressed you out completely? If so then maybe you should consider taking the semester off from College.
Today is yet another edition of Outside The Box Thinking, a Studenomics original. If you are a new reader here then please keep in mind that the purpose of this feature is to have my readers think about concepts that may not be “popular” or “appropriate”, and concepts that most definitely will not be written about on other personal finance blogs. Anyways it’s time for me to list the advantages of taking the semester off from College:
Pay down your student debt. It’s easy to judge and say that taking a semester is a waste of time but what about if you’re one of those students that are forced to fund their education through loans? Some students are fortunate enough to have their parents subsidize all of their education costs, but if you are all on your own and stuck with all of the costs then don’t let anyone judge you. Do what’s best for you and if you truly feel that you need to pay off that student debt a little bit because it is growing to a ridiculous level, then do so.
Recharge. Each College Program has its own level of intensity and difficulty, with some programs being extremely stressful. If you feel that the stress is affecting your health in a negative way then take some time off to allow your body to recharge. Think of the many long term benefits of allowing yourself to prevent mental burnout.
Work in the field. Some career fields are difficult to get into so if you want to get ahead of the competition then you should try finding volunteer work or an internship in your field of study for a semester. Not only will you gain valuable experience but you will have some nice qualifications on your resume. Some programs also have peak periods where it is easier to find work, for example, if you are an accounting student then taking the winter semester off to work would make perfect sense because of tax season.
You have lost interest. This can happen to anyone and in fact has happened to me before. One semester I had so much going on in my life and the courses were so bland that I simply lost interest. I stuck it through to the end and passed all my courses but when it was all said and done I regretted not taking the semester off. Mainly because my grades were not as high as I would like them to be and I did not retain enough information to make the semester seem valuable. When you are not focused and passionate about something then what’s the point of lying to yourself? If you are not happy studying the subject chances are you will not enjoy working in the field for the rest of your life.
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