Can’t decide whether university or going straight into work is the right thing for you to do? Neither could I and don’t worry. This isn’t a life or death decision. If you want to take a gap year then heck, why not? I’m not even talking about after college or A-levels, a gap year could be after uni if you don’t want to settle down into a serious career straight away.
A year really doesn’t make a difference in the big spectrum of things. Unfortunately some parents and especially teachers are so hypnotized into the motion of getting you into uni or having an amazing career straight off the bat. I was so bloody bored of having my teachers plan my future for me and push me into it, so in some psychological thought you could say I rebelled.
I’m not even the rebellious type of person, I can’t keep one secret from my Ma without blabbing so for me to make a decision for myself felt oddly mature (I can be mature on the occasion). Plus my Ma’s extremely laid back and was up for anything I wanted to do, especially a gap year.
The reasons I didn’t go to uni:
- My grades weren’t the best, I was classed as average.
- The thought of debt turned my brain to mush.
- I’ve always wanted to travel, itchy feet as the saying goes.
- Having to go through another 3 years of education made me feel like going into hibernation.
- I had doubts about my course and if psychology is really what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.
I’m not saying don’t go to uni, if you’ve got a direction and you know where you want to go in life then hell yeah go be what you’ve aspired to do. If I knew i’m sure I would have ended up going. But if you’re having doubts then don’t be afraid to question a gap year. I’ve done some amazing things on mine. It’s led me to travel to Central America, Slovakia, Berlin next month and then Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year. I’ve also realized uni’s not for me and I got the courage to start a blog. In reality a gap year seems to slow down time. You can step back and look at the big picture of what you actually want to do instead of the rush of everyone having to go to uni NOW.
I mean who knows, maybe in the future I might settle down and go to uni but for now, i’m happy doing what i’m doing. Just make sure you’re happy with what you’re doing.