I decided to do a follow-up on my previous post regarding my gap year goals, because I didn’t realize that you were going to be able to relate to this (but apparently, some of you from Instagram can!). My last post was quite a matter-of-fact blog (how depressing) and not something that you might find useful at all. So in this quick post, I’ll address some things regarding gap years:
What is a ‘gap year’? Often denominated as a ‘sabbatical year’, it’s usually a year taken off from the burden of academics, either right after high school, or during undergrad/graduate school.
Why? This can be due to various reasons, but the main reasons that I have seen people do this is to switch their focus to something they couldn’t invest their time in while in school, e.g. backpacking, volunteering, learning new skills and/or languages, working, etc. – to gain experience. Whether it’s because you were rejected from the college of your choice, you couldn’t afford to go to college yet, or you deferred your college admission, it’s a huge opportunity to get experience in the field(s) that you are passionate about and improve your lifestyle in all aspects.
How? Regardless of when you’re taken the gap year, you know that you can’t just decide to take a gap year without any form of plan. A year is a pretty long time, but you know that a year can also pass in a whiz. I made my own gap year list a bit too late (because this was not premeditated), but if you’re highly considering it, then the best thing you can do is plan an open and flexible list to see if you’re bound to take advantage of the year or not. I highly consider looking for inspiration online (like I did) when it comes to planning, and breaking down your plan into different categories and sections, always making sure that they’re realistic and specific plans that you can follow through.
This is an article that one of my school teachers sent me to cheer me up, and I recommend it to you if you’re looking to become more familiar with this gap year thing. If you’re a senior in high school, or somewhere in the middle of your university career, and you’re considering taking a gap year (or thinking that it might be a possibility), the first thing that I would recommend you do is plan what you would do. If I had planned mine sooner, I would have been able to handle better these last few months.
Please leave a comment regarding any thoughts/questions that you may have on the subject!