Pros: Being more independent, doing what you what you want to do (within reason)
Cons: Missing your family, ending up with a suck ass roommate
Both: Controlling how you handle your money and finding a job during college
For me, I had a checklist/guideline to go by in terms of what I needed to take with me. My sister went to college, so my mom kind of used her as an example.
I’ve never really considered college names being vital for a job. I never considered taking a gap year, but some of my friends took a gap year and they’re doing fine as far as I know.
The first two years, I went to a community college. It wasn’t far from where I lived, roughly 20 minutes, drove every day. Completed 64 credit hours and got my Associate in Arts degree. My financial aid took care of the costs.
Now I’m currently a junior, but feeling like a freshman in the current university I’m in now. I’m living in a dorm, taking 9 classes (15 credit hours), and I go home on weekends for my job. All of my financial aid and loans have been used for the semester, and I had to pay a little out of pocket. I currently don’t have a meal plan. For my university, freshmen and sophomores have to have one. Since I’m technically a junior, I don’t need to have one. But that part’s entirely up to you.
I would advise you to save as much money as you can, whether you take a gap year or not. If you’re not careful about how you spend it, it’ll bite you in the ass later. Try community college if you can, or maybe commute (still live at home while going to college) if it’s within reasonable distance.
If you have any further questions, let me know!