I’m About To Graduate High School. Now What?

I’m About To Graduate High School. Now What?
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    You're finally free.

    After 12 years of grade school, now you can choose what you want to do.

    Many people want to get a start on college right after high school, but what if you don't?


Maybe college isn’t for you, and that’s OK. You may have a passion you want to pursue, or you may have no idea what you want to do in the future. Where do you start?

There are numerous options from which to choose. Right now, you probably have more freedom than you will have for quite some time (possibly until retirement), so you might as well take advantage of this freedom if you have the resources.

Take a breather from your years of hard work. Now is the opportune time to experience the real world and discover yourself.

Travel the World

Now that you’ve spent hours and hours in the classroom learning about interesting places around the globe, maybe it’s time to get out and experience it first-hand. If you’re fluent in a foreign language, it could be even more exciting.

Maybe there are parts of the world you’ve always dreamed of visiting. Perhaps you just want to explore different regions to meet all kinds of people and explore diverse cultures.

When someone asks, "Why take a gap year between high school and college?," traveling is a good answer. Traversing the globe is one of the most invaluable adventures you can experience.

You’re learning a vast amount about an assortment of subjects. You’re learning about life, in general. You may even find a new interest that places you on a path you never expected.

Focus on Your Passion

Just like working a job, school keeps you pretty tied down. Unless you’re one of the lucky few whose job is their passion, it’s hard to find time to cultivate your skills. You could work on it on your own, with friends, take some classes, maybe even find an internship or job.

These opportunities could give you a glimpse into the industry. This could give you the chance and time to figure out if you want to focus on your passion as a career or if it would even be possible. In the meantime, though, you’ll be enjoying life doing what you love.

Volunteer for a Good Cause

Getting involved with your community can give you a real picture of aspects of life you never knew existed. Volunteering can lead you in a direction that you never anticipated. It may also direct you towards something you love and give you the experience you’ll need to pursue it as a career.

What causes are you interested in? Do you want to help save the Earth? Maybe you feel strongly about the fight for animal rights or human rights. You could also assist people with disabilities, build homes for the needy or help restore a community after a natural disaster.

There are endless ways to help. Not only will you feel good about giving back, but you’ll meet many people, including experts in the field, learn a lot and gain valuable experience. It’ll also give you a chance to find out what you like and don’t like.

Start an Online Business

These days, there are infinite online entrepreneurial opportunities. You can start an online store on eBay or make and sell unique crafts on Etsy. Regularly post your talents and knowledge on YouTube.

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If you enjoy writing, start a blog. There are also many freelance job opportunities for various skill sets.

If you want to expand your knowledge but don’t feel like it’s the right time to pursue a formal degree, there are infinite options available to you; the ones above are just a few of the possibilities. Do you have a lifelong passion, something you’ve wanted to learn more about or do you have no idea in which direction your life is headed?

Whether exploring the world or just your community, you’ll likely go places you never expected.

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