Hey guys! Welcome back. As many of you may know I took a semester off a couple of years ago. I do not in any way regret my decision. Taking time off is good for some people. It doesn’t mean you’re failing or you can’t do it. It just means that you need some time. In reality, it’s one of the healthiest things you can do. However, taking time off is a serious decision. A lot of thought needs to go into it before you just decide that. Luckily you have the entire summer to figure it out. Here are a few things I learned when preparing for my semester off that might be of benefit if you are also considering it.

Decide what school you are going to attend. The first thing you need to do is decide if you want to return to the school you are at or transfer. In my case I transferred. It’s why I took the time off in the first place. During your time off if you decide to transfer you can get all the paperwork and everything done without losing your mind.

Talk to people. I recommend getting advice. If you plan on returning to the school you are at, you will want to know what the protocol is. If you are transferring you should contact the school officials to see what needs to be done. It will make going back to school a lot easier and may sway your decision to take time off if you are still unsure.

Talk to the financial aid office. College is expensive and it’s important to know how taking time off is going to affect your financial aid. These are important conversation to have with people who will have the answers. Don’t just guess. Be sure.

Have a plan or at least some goals. A lot of people are going to question your decision. Make sure you have some solid reasons for wanting the time off and what you plan to accomplish. Having that knowledge will keep your doubters at least a little quieter.

Figure out your return plan. Know what you want and how you plan to return to school. Figure out everything during your time off. Make sure you are ready to return and everything that entails.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this is helpful. Please like it if it is. If you have taken time off comment your advice below because I’m sure I missed a few things. If you have any questions leave them below as well. As always, don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!