Are you interested in a "gap year" option?
According to the American Gap Association, "students who take a gap year and go on to college are 75 percent more likely to describe being happy or extremely satisfied with their careers after they complete their university studies."
A recent study found that over 90 percent of gap year students do in fact head to college within 12 months. Other research has repeatedly demonstrated that “gappers” earn higher grades than their traditional counterparts. Gap students are often quick to share that they grew up a lot during their gap year and that they headed off to college a year later feeling refreshed, reinvigorated, more mature and more intellectually curious.
Following are some gap year resources you may find helpful.