A gap year(s) is usually the time between graduating from undergraduate and attending medical school. A gap year doesn’t have to be one year, it can be up to five or more, it’s tailored to your journey. The idea is that you aren’t going straight to medical school from undergrad. Many people take gap year(s) and it is actually becoming more popular. There are so many options that one can take advantage of during that time. Many people go into the workforce, travel the world get another degree, participate in a post-bac program, conduct research etc. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t go straight into medical school right out of undergrad and don’t feel bad if you don’t feel prepared right away to go to medical school, taking time off before medical school is okay and can be very rewarding and beneficial if used wisely. Talk to mentors, professors, other students and advisors and see what is best for you at that moment in your life. You want to weigh out the pros and cons of taking a gap year(s) and be honest with yourself and understand this ultimately is your journey. It doesn’t matter when you get there, if this is your dream you WILL get there! Remember…this is a marathon NOT a sprint!
What did you do during your gap year(s)?
Please feel free to share your experience during your gap year(s)!