I'm thinking of taking a year off, but I'm worried that I'll find it much harder to go back to being a student for three more years after that. I'm really afraid of regretting it and realizing in the middle of it that I've wasted time. I also want to do something interesting for that one year (instead of just living at home), but I'm fresh out of ideas of what I could do. Has anyone taken a temporary break (i.e. a year) between two phases of schooling? Was it a good experience? What did you do for the one year? Would you recommend doing it?