Taking more than a five minute break

Everyone already knows how important it is to take a five-minute break while studying and working.

These mini-breaks increase productivity and brain power. But what about a semester long break? Or a year-long hiatus? Even the thought of taking a break from college strikes fear in the heart of people.

Everyone has heard that waiting to go to college or taking a break from college will reduce one’s chances of completing a degree in higher education. But there’s no recent research to suggest that.

While a 2010 report from Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the non-college attendees have an immediate 33.4 percent unemployment rate, there are no long-term statistics about how many of these people later attend universities and earn a degree in higher education. So to say that at one point in a young person’s life they’ll be unemployed is a feeble argument against taking a break from school, especially when unemployment rates for graduates is the highest it’s been in generations and is generally accompanied with a mountain of debt.

Online search results turned up plenty of good reasons people have taken a break from college. These instances include money troubles, being unsure about one’s major, taking time to volunteer or intern fulltime in a career field and being in the midst of a distracting personal crisis. That’s not to say that there aren’t real risks to taking a break from college. But when it comes to a graduate possibly earning a degree in something they have no interest in or having to drop classes mid-semester, taking a break from college actually sounds like a good choice.

It certainly beats the alternatives of a lifetime of unfulfilling jobs and endless payments to loan collectors. And don’t worry about feeling out of the education loop. Remember, everyone has their own timeline for their life and nobody’s is exactly the same.