With the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, students have been doing tons of remote learning. Since colleges might continue their remote learning schedule in the fall, many students have been considering taking a gap year. After all, college is not only for learning but also about the experience. If college campuses aren't open for the fall of 2020, students should take a gap year. There is no value in paying college tuition to sit in front of a computer.
Here are a few of the things which students can do in their gap year:
1. Learn A New Language
Learning a new language is always a good idea! It allows for better communication, but it could also provide a more competitive edge in career choices. Learning a different language and culture could enable one to be more creative and is better for the brain!
2. Learn A New Skill
Students can use this time to become familiar with some new set of skills, which will help not only help in their resumes but also real life. There are plenty of online courses that students can quickly attend. Yes, these online courses are cheaper than college tuition. Even Youtube offers excellent and free classes online. Some sample skills include coding, website designing, finance planning, creative writing, and much more.
Students can take this gap year opportunity to earn some money through freelancing. There are plenty of students around the world who do freelancing work online. Multiple freelancing platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, or Freelancer can help them find paid assignments on a daily bases. Facebook group or Craigslist could also be great places for freelance work hunting. It could be a way to explore career choices for the future while making money.
4. Go on a Road Trip
There is so much beauty in this world! Now that you are taking a gap year emerge yourself in it! Get an annual national park pass and check out all the national parks in the United States. Going on a solo road trip could also clear the mind and feel better spiritually.
5. Watch Documentaries
Documentaries can be educational. Documentaries serve as incredible tools that discuss significant topics in an enthralling way that likewise starts a discussion, and in some cases, even social developments. They highlight the stories of real people on social issues, which makes them more relatable. Therefore, this is a great time for students to learn about different social issues and increase their knowledge by watching amazing documentaries.
6. Start Gardening
If space is not a problem, take this opportunity to get indulged in alleviating the benefits of gardening. They can even plant herbs to have an instant garnish item for all the delicious meals prepared at home. Homegrown veggies taste like no others. Besides this, gardening soothes a soul like nothing else!
7. Start an Art Project
Art is underrated. It relieves stress, helps with self-esteem, and makes you a happier person overall. It also helps with preventing memory loss!
8. Start a Company
With the tuition saved from a gap year, one could easily use that money as seed capital for a startup! It could be a great learning experience! As an entrepreneur, one could learn to become flexible, adapt to change, and uncertainty. If you need an office space for your gap year startup company, holler at us at Treehouse Society. We are at a much more affordable rate than your college tuition!
2020 has been a year of uncertainty, but it is also a great learning experience for all of us. Stay safe and healthy!