For me, 2016 has been incredibly fast, demanding, & full of accomplishments I could only dream of the year before. I never thought any of these things would happen within a mere year. And one of the best decisions was definitely, taking a gap year.
Finishing high school is such a great accomplishment, but before you’re out the door you’re bombarded with college applications & constantly pressured to jump right into college after high school.
That’s what I decided to take a gap year. For me, the threat of disappointing myself, my parents or possibly losing funding for college is scarier than making the jump into a college when all I want is to go out on my own for a while before falling in line for another four or more years.
By taking a gap year, I am choosing to expand your horizon. And I think making the choice to leave home before going to college was the best choice for me.
I am somewhere that is giving me the opportunity to experience things in a whole new way. I am spending a year fully immersed in a whole new world & I am getting a whole different experience than you would if you were just visiting. Living & working alongside local people is allowing me to appreciate other cultures.
It is bringing me adventures, stories & memories that will last a lifetime. When else am I going to be 18 years old with no job, no mortgage payments, no kids, no homework & no worries?
And what better way to pick up a new language than by immersing myself with native speakers? When I am forced to speak a different language every time I go outside, yes I make lots of mistakes, but that’s how I learn.
I am discovering new places, learning new things.
There are great days, sad days, days when I experience moments I never thought I could. But the experience is totally worth it. x