You’ve been working towards the completion of one goal for the previous 12 years. But, as the end of school draws near and this travelled path splits, which route will you be taking?
At TopMatric, we understand the anxiety that is attached to this stage in your life. So here are some points that you can take into consideration to form your final decision.
12 years of school, done and dusted. We’ll give you a minute to enjoy the freedom before reminding you that there is still a significant decision to be made. Should you take a gap year or should you go to university?
Our parents are the ones who tend to be suspicious of gap years. In reality, a gap year can be eye-opening and provide you with life-enhancing experiences compared to furthering your studies without certainty that the degree you have enrolled in is the right one for you.
Besides the positives found in travelling the world, a gap year gives you valuable life skills, a renewed sense of motivation, and a new perspective on life.
The idea of a gap year has been redeveloped, crafted and fine-tuned by our generation and now means embracing the world and learning lessons through life’s practical, and sometimes unpractical, ways.
That’s not to discount university life, of course.
For decades, university has been the next step for Matric students. Your parents wave you off as you leave your hometown and move into a dorm room to study for the next few years.
There are many positives to studying immediately after school. Upon graduation you’re able to access more specialist careers, you’ll be seen as more employable, and you will increase your earning potential.
University life itself is also pretty memorable - you’ll meet many lifelong friends, mature and build a foundation to stand on as an adult, and most importantly, you’ll learn how to cook full course meals in a microwave.
Overall, both options are rewarding. Be it educational or life-enhancing, it boils down to who you are and what your goals are.