Higher Education Guide: Taking a Semester off

Taking a Semester off

Sometimes the unexpected happens and things go from bad to worse.  If you have a chronic illness, maybe your health has taken a turn for the worse.  Maybe it is something else such as a death of a family member that you were really close to.   Sometimes your best option is to take a semester off to take care of these problems.

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This post is meant for people with chronic illnesses, so when I talk about health problems, I mean that they are much worse than usual.  I assume the procedure for taking a semester off is different depending on the college that you attend.  You will need to do some investigating  to find out if there will be any difficulties with financial aide or scholarships.

Why would I want to do this?

I can think of many good reasons why you would want to do this, but here are two:

  1. You want your transcripts to be as awesome as possible to give yourself a potential boost in the job market.  This is especially true for people with little experience.  High grades can compensate for little experience.  You want to prevent having many low grades on your transcripts if you can help it.  You may be able to do this by taking a semester off if your health is taking a serious downturn.
  2. You can’t do your best academic work if you are constantly focused on a serious personal problems or significant health problems.

Have you taken a semester off from your college or university?  If so, please share your experience.


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