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Why Can Taking a Gap Year be a Good Idea?


A Gap Year is normally a break that students take after finishing matric. It normally provides students with an opportunity to discover themselves and figure out what they want their path to be for the future. Gap years allow students to grow as a person without the pressures of the environment they are used to being in. There are many benefits of gap years, keep reading below to see if a gap year is right for you! 


The benefits include:

Excelling in college: 
Taking a gap year before college will allow you to perform and excel better when you decide to attend college. What this means is that having a year off between completing high school and starting college persevere you take your education more seriously. It allows you to explore the world in great detail, discover how the world operates first-hand and understand the value of education.

You will have enough time to think about your future: 
Taking a gap year will give you time to think about what your passion in life is and what you should study in order to pursue your passion. So often many students do not take the time to figure out what it is that they want to achieve in life. Try to avoid making costly decisions because before you know it, it will be too late and you are either stuck with a career or degree that does not appeal to you and your passion. 

Exploring and experiencing what the world has to offer: 
Not many people are blessed with the opportunity to travel the world. Many students start their careers immediately after graduating leaving them with no time to explore the world. By taking a gap year it will give students the opportunity to travel the world and explore new experiences. It will be the perfect time to reflect, learning more about yourself and how you want to change, and add value to the world through your experiences. 

Learning to become independent:
Whether you are traveling or working it teaches you how to be your own person and instills a sense of independence in people. As a student, you spend most of your life under the wing of your parents or close relatives. By taking a gap year, you will become independent, be able to set your own schedule, and be your own person. Learning to be independent and taking full responsibility will not only benefit you during your college years but throughout your life. This is something a lot of students do not learn at a young age until later in life.

Less likely to reach burnout:
If you do not take care of your overall well-being, you will become stressed and reach a level of burnout. Reach burnout is not conducive to reaching your ultimate success in college. Therefore, being able to take the time will give you the time off that you need to recuperate and enter your college life rejuvenated and ready to learn.




Latest Bursaries

The Portuguese National Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) is offering a scholarship for PhD graduates. This scholarship will be awarded in collaboration with the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre).

Through this scholarship programme, ten PhD grants will be offered to candidates studying in the following fields:

You have the chance to study in Ireland! The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme is aimed at offering fully-funded scholarship opportunities to South African students. Selected students will be chosen to study at Master’s level in Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions.

Students from Historically Disadvantaged Institutions are encouraged to apply.

Matric learners are invitied to take part in the The University of Free State star of stars competition. 

Learners who are top academic achievers and residing in the Free State province will be considered. Applicants must have applied to study at the UFS before the closing date in order to enter the Star of Stars competition.

SATI is awarding bursaries for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies.

Bursaries will be awarded in the following fields of study:

Are you in high school and in need of funding for your studies?  The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants to help you study further.

Learners from grades 8 to 12 are invited to apply for funding. You can get funding regardless of your subject choices!

Closing date: 30 September 2021.