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post #11 of 15 Old 12-06-2010, 06:20 PM
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Actually, you can do the same thing in America as well, it's called deferring. You apply/ask for it and most schools will give it to you if you tell them what you are doing. I know a girl who took a year off to join an acrobatic group in South Africa.
Acrobatics? Interesting.
I never knew you could do that, I've known lots of people who have taken a year between HS and college, but none of them had applied until the year before they planned to attend.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-07-2010, 12:42 AM
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Have you considered doing uni for a year or two, THEN taking a year off, then going back?

I've talked to a lot of people who took a year off before uni, and those who took a year off in the middle and those who took a year off in the middle found it far easier to get back into it. You have more of an incentive to finish, since you've already started.

That's what I'm doing. I've been at uni for a year and a half, and I'll be taking a year off starting at the end of this semester to be a working student, then I'll go back and finish school.

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post #13 of 15 Old 12-07-2010, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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It depends on the university. Some let you and some don't. The one I have an interview for, as far as I know doesn't and the course at my first choice university is only two years long. The others do an optional work placement year which I'd probably go on anyway.
I haven't decided anything yet and still working out budgets and potential costs. I recently worked out my weekly spending and quite frankly eeekk! So I've started cutting back to save some money.

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post #14 of 15 Old 12-07-2010, 06:12 AM
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Personaly I didnt take a gap year and found it easier then my sister who did, your brain is still in learning mode. I took a gap year after uni!

Also If you go this year you will pay 3000 per year in tuition fees, if you go next year you could pay upto 9000 per year in fees.
I came out of uni with 25k in student loans and I was on fees of 1200 per year. My sister has a student loan of nearly 35k and it is probaly going to take her 20 years to pay it off. Go now before the big fees.

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post #15 of 15 Old 12-08-2010, 05:12 AM
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I took a gap year after I finished school, worked 3 jobs so that I could afford to live off my savings when I started Uni. Did my first year of uni, hated it and decided to defer my position again and work out what I really wanted to do. Got the opportunity to begin dressage coaching and start working/training horses, which led me to get a place in a dressage clinic in which the clinician asked if I would be interested in going to Holland/Belgium in 2011 as a working student in the stables of a silver medalist in the 2000 Dutch Olympic Dressage Team.

I'm glad that I got a taste of uni though, because now I know that it's not my thing. I'm still contemplating going back but would have to find a course that I really wanted to do. But at the moment I'm doing alright on what I'm earning through coaching/training.
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