Taking a Leave of Absence in College


Choosing to take a leave of absence (LOA) during your college career is not an easy decision. In my situation I knew I would be taking a leave of absence as soon as I started college. So with some hard work and LOTS of planning, it is still possible to graduate on time and take an LOA.

Why I took a leave of absence?

I have always wanted to participate in the Disney College Program. My one big downside to the Disney College Program was that my college did not accept credit for the classes I could take, or the internship aspect of it. This meant that during my leave of absence I would not receive any college credit. And trust me, I tried everything imaginable to try and get credit.

What steps I took for my LOA.

First semester of freshman year I wrote out my entire 4-year plan, outlining which classes I needed to take and when I needed to take them. With this in mind, I declared my major one-month into my college career, wasting zero time to ensure that my plans for an LOA would not interfere with me graduating with the rest of classmates.

About 5 months before my LOA started, I arranged meetings with what feels like everyone on campus. I met with the head of my department, my advisor, the registrar, the dean of students, the head of social media, my boss, and the head of campus housing. All these meetings just helped me ensure that when I return to school everything would be back to normal.


No matter what, stay calm. Taking an LOA can be an extremely daunting task, but it is not the end of the world. No matter your reason for an LOA, everything will end up ok!

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