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1. Posted by jereminho (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

Hey

I was wondering if people think it is a good idea to take a semester off second year university- my course is just 3 years long, doing this would make it 3.5 years. But last semester i really wanted to be somewhere else.

So do you think i should struggle through it and travel after, like my parents want, or go now - i have several friends that will be going also.

thanks for ur opinions

2. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

I'd say go now
I just finished uni. Few mates and I made plans during first year of uni, saying we'd travel after our 4 yrs course. Well, few dropped out, we seldomly kept in touch, and the plan was scrapped. So now I have the thirst of travelling, but i can't get the company to join me. So i've resigned to working 9-5 for now.

Besides, you can travel now, and travel again after uni. Go for it!

3. Posted by dawn90 (Inactive 17 posts) 9y

Definitely just go now!

I have done 2 years of a 4 year course at uni and I just could not stop thinking of going travelling all the time so last year I just decided to take some time out and I'm now saving to go travelling in April. I am soooo happy I've done it. I plan to go back to uni next year and go travelling again afterwards so you could just do that too.

Obviously, my parents weren't exactly thrilled with it all now they are quite happy as long as I'm happy, and I know when I send them emails and pictures of what I'm doing they will completely understand why I had to do it!! :)

So just go for it! :)

4. Posted by ayust (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Yeah I'd also go now! Its easy to take a semester off and travel a bit, and then get back into the swing of things with university. I'm about to graduate from Purdue in May, and I am taking 2 weeks to travel to New Zealand, and then maybe another week for Australia. Unfortunately, I haven't got specific dates yet or a plan set, which is making it very difficult for my job hunt! I have no idea when I will be able to start working, it probably won't be until early July, and I want to have a job when I graduate. Unfortunately, employers are less likely to hire if you cannot start right away, so it may be difficult for me to have a job waiting for me when I graduate and travel for a few weeks.

5. Posted by thegringo (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I'm am doing that right now, and its one of the best decisions I've made. Not only will you get a break from school and have loads of fun, but the experiences you have may influence what you want to do after school. I mean, who actually knows "what they want to be when they grow up" after their first year of the university? A year away meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and just living outside of your normal comfort zone can really change your thinking about alot of things.

6. Posted by adagio (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

I don't disagree with everybody that taking a break from university and going travelling is a good idea but I also think there are arguments for waiting. When I was in university I thought about doing it but never really had a lot of money and didn't want to work so much that it would interfere with my studying so I didn't get around to it. After finishing university I was able to make twice as much money an hour as I did in the part time jobs I had while going to school and saving up was a breeze. Now I'm travelling for 7 months and while I'm a few years older than most people I meet (I'm 26) I feel I don't have to worry so much about budget as most other people as I have a good deal saved up and I find I'm able to do all the things I want - it would probably have been quite different if I had gone while I was in school. But then of course you can always do both...

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Jereminho

I think whether u get your degree after 3 years, or after 3.5 years will make no difference at all, to how your life will be, in 10 years from now.

Yes, travel, for a few months, if u want to. And since your friends are also going, it is a convenient time, for u to go.

Mel

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting ayust

Unfortunately, employers are less likely to hire if you cannot start right away, so it may be difficult for me to have a job waiting for me when I graduate and travel for a few weeks.

When I was searching for my last job, I wanted to travel, for 1 month, before I started. I told them, at the interview, that I wanted to start working a month from now. They complained and wanted me to start right away, but they still hired me. I told them, that I have finished my last job, and at the moment is the only time I can get an entire month free. So, dont let the travel plan stop u from applying for jobs. ;)

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting thegringo

I'm am doing that right now, and its one of the best decisions I've made. Not only will you get a break from school and have loads of fun, but the experiences you have may influence what you want to do after school. I mean, who actually knows "what they want to be when they grow up" after their first year of the university? A year away meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and just living outside of your normal comfort zone can really change your thinking about alot of things.

Absolutely. Travelling will effect your entire life. It will open up the possibility of various life style choices, for u.
Whatever u choose to do, with your life, traveling will enhance it.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2007, at 1:29 AM by Mel. ]

10. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

I went just before and just after my degree. Going just before it gave me the will to study twice harder than all the other one in my promotion because I knew which type of job I will be getting without a degree, and I really did not want that for my life...
Taking some time off now will make you understand so much about life that you will come back with the desire to study.
The only thing you have to be careful it´s when you get the bug of travelling it´s hard to settle down to a student´s life again.

Flo