I guess my gap year story isn’t exactly the same as most. I didn’t save for a year, I didn’t go on any crazy volunteering trips. I had a very lowkey gap year, because I didn’t plan for it – for a long time I thought I was going to uni, and then out of the blue decided not to, it wasn’t for me. So this was very much an impromptu gap year. But I’m so glad I had it for so many reasons, and I honestly believe if you’re unsure as to what to do, you should take a gap year. Why? Well…
It doesn’t have to be gallivanting over the world…Probably the most known thing to do on a gap year is travel, it’s primarily what its made for. But don’t be shook by this, if you are deciding last minute and don’t have the time to save for a huge trip. You don’t have to travel to Asia or Australia to make your gap year worth it, you can work, find some new hobbies and interests – get some general life experiences. Call it cliche but the whole ‘finding yourself’ kerfuffle is so true in this instinct, you’re doing things for you.
Breathing space…Moving on from that, it gives you time to breath and think. People think a year is a very long time, but honestly it’s a mere extract that goes by with a blink of an eye. Don’t be deceived. People are always pushed through this traditional apparatus of schooling and then university, but what if they don’t know what to do, where to go, whether they even want to go? Some see university as the only option, it’s honestly not. A gap year is a risk free opportunity to help make those decisions. And, you may even discover new interests or hobbies to pursue – a tad like myself and blogging.
You can travel…Contradictory to one of my previous remarks – if you want, you can go and travel. I’ve done a bit myself (and I hope to do more) and it is the perfect opportunity. You can go explore without worrying about a job or general adult life.
Experience…Having a gap year can equip you with not only the life skills and experience to face university, it prepares you for the real world in so many ways, in no way university could. The experience you collect will be so valuable and will stick with you for the rest of your life. Whatever you may be doing in that period of time.
Gap years are somewhat subjective, they aren’t for everyone, but if you were pondering on a gap year – I hope this helps. And to give me opinion, definitely do it – you won’t regret it!
Until next time,