Monday, 3 September 2018

WHY I'M TAKING A GAP YEAR

francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, small blogger, university, gap year. student life, choice, adulting, career, future
You read that right, I’m taking a gap year. This isn’t a spontaneous decision, I have been considering taking a gap year since I started the whole UCAS process last year, but I got excited and decided to go ahead with going this year until results day rolled around. After withdrawing (this is a story for another day) from my firm and insurance choices, I was put into clearing and with little research got a place at somewhere I had previously applied to but declined their offer. After a few days of holding this place, I realised I didn’t want to go to a uni close to home and I felt pressured into my decision to go there.

Life comes at you quick and on the morning of results day you question every life decision you’ve ever made.

In two months, I’ll be reapplying to for what was my dream uni when I was first applying but I doubted myself and didn’t apply as I didn’t think I stood chance, but I have been in contact with the department for the subject I am applying for and I’ve been given the go-ahead to apply for next year.

So, what are you going to do over the next year? I have been applying for full-time jobs and by the time this post goes live, I will have heard back from the job I had an interview for last Monday. Fingers crossed I get the job, if not then my search will continue. I’m in a lucky position as I still have my current job which I have had since I was 16 and I can work there while applying for new jobs. I could stay at my current job for a year, but I want to gain new experience and grow as a person over the next year and I can't do that in an environment where I'm in my comfort zone. 

Are you going to travel? This is probably what is on a lot of your minds, whether I am going to travel during my gap year. The answer is yes but not until the very end. I am going to work all the way up until mid-August next year and travel for 2-4 weeks before I start my course. Yes, it’s not your typical 6+ months of travelling like most people do during their gap year but I am going to be saving from scratch and there are other things I would like to do over the next year aside from travel.

For those of you taking a gap year and doubting your decision, you won't always have this opportunity to take a year-long break but you will always be able to go to uni. 

Good luck to everyone going into their first year!

Fran
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