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How Taking A Break Year Will Change Your Life

Before you read on, be sure to check out Part 1 here: Why You Should Take A Break Year After 12th

  1. You’ll be doing everything you’ve probably said no to in the past two years to study for Boards. Even if you don’t find your passion in any of these, you’ll be happy finally getting to do what your heart desires.
  2. Soon, you’ll be asking “Why?” before taking up a task. No one will be able to bribe you or threaten you to something you do not wish to do.
  3. Interning with a startup, volunteering with an NGO or even taking an online course on Coursera/edX will give you an opportunity to gain new skills and grow as a person. You’ve been working alone for a Board percentage, now you’ll be working in a team. This experience will teach you team management.
  4. You’ll also learn how to communicate your ideas to the rest of the team, which will involve getting out of your comfort zone.
  5. You’ll probably have a desire to live alone for a while. Go ahead. Learning to be independent is a lot of work, but the satisfaction when you cook your own meals, clean your own clothes and do everything else you’ve earlier relied on your mom to do, will be empowering.


    “Get out from your house, from your cave, from your car, from the place you feel safe, from the place that you are. Get out and go running, go funning, go wild, get out from your head and get growing, dear child” ~ Dallas Clayton

  6. Look for a place that aligns with your interests and get a paid job there. Degrees usually don’t matter to startup. They recruit based on skill or eagerness to learn. When you get your first salary, you’ll be free of that irrational fear of being a useless waste of space on this planet.
  7. You’ll slowly lose touch with people who are simply running a race to a job, a spouse, two kids, and a house. You’ll grow closer to other people who are in the pursuit of their dreams and you’ll realize the true essence of friendship as they support you on the hardest days when you’re almost given up, and you support them on their tough ones.
  8. You’ll meet a ton of people who will inspire you, and fill you up with the idealist hope that your passions are worth pursuing. Some will be your mentors.
  9. You’ll develop a “Want it? Get it” attitude towards anything and you’ll realize the only person stopping you from getting what you want is yourself.
  10. When it’s time to fill College admission forms, you’ll know what you want to do and then you won’t choose the best College you can get, but the best college that will give you the required skills to be a formidable force

If you stay true to yourself and keep moving forward, by the end of one year:

-You’ll know yourself

-You’ll know what drives you

– You’ll know your passion and you’ll do whatever it takes to follow it


By the magical Dallas Clayton

Now, a lot of people are scared at the idea of a break year. A lot of people will join any college that takes them, and then spend the next three or four years trying to find time to finally do everything they are interested in. (some will think about their lives after they’ve passed out of College) And you can do that if you wish to. But ask yourself, working on figuring out your life full-time vs. figuring out your life part time, in which situation are you most likely to succeed?

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