Why A Gap Year?

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,

Em x

 

 

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49 responses to “Why A Gap Year?”

  1. littlejo says:

    This is such a lovely and helpful idea for a post!! So many people have different views on a gap year, I don’t think it was for me to do one but I definitely see how it could be such an amazing time. xx

    • Em says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it! It isn’t for everyone, some people know they’re path and thats great! xx

  2. rhianneh says:

    Great advice, I wish I hadn’t been so quick to go to uni and instead taken a gap year to figure out what I really wanted to do.

    • Em says:

      You’re not alone in that boat, I know so many people with similar opinions – but you can change your path at any point! x

  3. Amy Saunders says:

    So true Em! I had a gap year too and used it to focus on myself and my health and it was the best thing I did! Xxx

  4. Aw this is such a refreshing outlook on gap years! They really don’t have to be all about expensive travelling around the world like you said. Just taking some time out for yourself is enough I think ☺️ I wish that I had taken a gap year straight after a levels as I really wasn’t ready for uni looking back at it and actually ended up dropping out after a year, before realising what I really wanted from uni. It would have been so much easier and cheaper to have done a gap year instead! xx

    • Em says:

      Exactly it does have a generic outlook on it but it’s not always the case! Sometimes it takes people as much as going to uni to realise though so that’s completely fair – so long as you’re happy! xx

  5. I love this post Em! After spending 3 years in Sixth Form due to being ill, I only saw university as my next option. I felt like I had lost a year! Looking back, I should have taken an year out, honestly, I’m not on the right course, and a year doesn’t mean much anyway, people do things at different stages in their life right! x

    • Em says:

      Aww thank you lovely! Oh bless you, I’ve had friends in that position but it definitely wasn’t! It’s never too late to change your path lovely, uni doesn’t decide your future! x

  6. apageofme02 says:

    I love this post! There is definitely a travelling stigma attached to a gap year – but you by no means have too! Sometimes its good to just have a year out at home and see where the world takes you! xxx

    • Em says:

      Thank you lovely!! I understand why, it is originally what it was for, but that’s definitely shifted! Exactly!! xxx

  7. Chloe-Rose says:

    I have taken a gap year because I didn’t even know if I want to go to uni, I applied in November and now I realised I’m having a gap year just to sort out my mental health before I go!!!

    Love
    Chloe-Rose

  8. pinkiebag says:

    Hi, what a great post about a gap year. It’s a distant memory for me, but you can make it what you want, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com #TeacupClub

  9. Emily says:

    You’re so right — a gap year doesn’t have to be a traveling year: it can be anything!! I wish this practice would catch on in the States. There are so many people in college who only went because they felt it was the only option after high school.

    Xoxo!
    Emily
    Emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  10. Looking back- I totally wish I’d taken a gap year- for a lot of these reasons! Definitely shouldn’t be something people are afraid to consider

  11. As someone who didn’t go to university and while the other half is but he’s currently on a working gap, it’s a great insight to how gap years have been appreared to be and that it doesn’t have to mean or be a certain way! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  12. I’d love go take a gap year and just travel around learning about culture, religion and such likes.
    Very inspiring x

    • Em says:

      That definitely sounds like the dream! I’d love for that to be my life aha! But if you want it lovely, go for it! x

  13. Skylar says:

    I relate with your gap year so much, lovely post!

  14. xmeganlisa says:

    I didn’t exactly make a gap year I just decided university wasn’t for me and I couldn’t agree more with the point you’ve said. The life experiences you get are something I never could have gotten in university and I’ve definitely grown more as a person because of it! Love this post!!

    • Em says:

      That’s fair enough! Exactly, they really stick with you and all the experiences I’ve had I couldn’t replace! x

  15. Della says:

    I didn’t take a gap year but university was never for me anyway. Loved this post – some great tips and advice xx

  16. I love this as I’m debating taking a gap year but I’d only really thought about it for travelling. This has definitely opened my eyes to the other possibilities for the year!!
    http://www.lifeinkateish.wordpress.com

    • Em says:

      Definitely take a gap year! Travelling would be amazing so if you plan and save do travel! But there are so many other options and things to do!

  17. Elyse says:

    It’s true, gap years rock! I didn’t plan mine either but in the end it was awesome because I got a full-time job and got to save money for university.

    • Em says:

      Yeah they do! Ahh that’s amazing, I’m saving too and it just makes you that bit more prepared!

  18. Lovely post, Em. Genuinely enjoyed seeing the perspective of someone around my age who got to do something that wasn’t an option for me. You have a way with words that will definitely have me coming back for more and more! Cheers x

  19. I couldn’t agree more with this post, and you’ve put it all so eloquently too! I ended up taking a year out from university as a form of ‘gap year’ to help me figure out what I wanted to do and get some life skills, in the end I decided to leave permanently as I found that I was just learning a whole lot more from real life than I ever did at university!

    • Em says:

      Aww thank you so much! I’m so glad! That’s amazing, it’s crazy what some time off from education can do to you, and it’s funny to think you’d never know if you just kept doing what you were doing!

  20. possiblysami says:

    This is really interesting to read and I definitely agree with you! I’m not going to lie, I’m at uni now studying English Literature but sometimes think to myself, what pushed me to come here? I do enjoy uni but I definitely agree with you about taking a gap year and really thinking about what you feel is best for you. So true and you always word things so well, I could never! haha, love u Em! Can’t wait to read more posts! xxx

    • Em says:

      Ah I’m glad! It’s weird to think that isn’t it, but English lit is an amazing course! Sometimes people can just go for it which is amazing! Oh you, and of course you could don’t be silly girl!! Love u long time xxx

  21. I loved reading this as I’m exactly the same! My gap year was really last minute and unplanned and although it’s not as big and exciting as some people are making theirs, it was definitely the right choice for me to take time away from studying!x

    • Em says:

      Aww I’m so glad! Sometimes thats the best way, just take things as they come and the fact it was beneficial is amazing! It’s always nice to have space to breath! x

  22. melharding says:

    Loved this post, Em! There is such a stigma to be doing something productive when you’re young. There’s always someone saying “When are you getting a real job?” and “Why don’t you do something spontaneous!” Which I totally get, why no, but it’s not for everyone and everyone needs that breathing space to figure themselves out!

    Happy for you!!!

    Melissa

    • Em says:

      Thank you so so much!! I knowww I legit got told once ‘I’m scared you’re not doing anything with yourself’ like uh, I have a job and I’m writing and I’m acting??? It’s so silly how people perceive it! That’s so true, thank you lovely! x

  23. I love this! I’m currently taking a year break and doing an apprenticeship and I love it. I strongly agree with all of your points; sometimes, I kind of feel as though we’re forced into this preset route of secondary, college (or sixth form), uni then … job uncertainty. It’s nice to take a year out and realise that there are honestly other ways x

    • Em says:

      Thank you! Ahh amazing, what’s the apprenticeship in?? So true, there’s this safety box we’re all put in but sometimes it’s good to step outside the box! There are always other ways! Thank you for reading lovely xx

  24. Ela Kaimo says:

    I like this because not everyone realizes that college isn’t the end-all, be-all.

    • emibeccamarven says:

      Aww thank you I’m so glad! That’s so so true, and it needs to be preached that there are so many other options!

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