6.9.16

5 Reasons You Should Take a Gap Year

I know the feeling you're going through right now. Most of your friends are going off to university in the next few weeks. You feel pressured to go too because that's the correct thing to do when you leave sixth form/college (yawn). Have a read and let me know what you think:




1. You may not be ready for university yet, and that is OK! When I was 18 I had a complete different university course in mind. I wanted to do Forensic Science.. and now I'm doing Marketing!? They couldn't be anymore different. I couldn't be happier to have made that choice. You now have the chance to properly research courses and careers you have in mind. Please don't go to university because you feel you have to. Do a course you'll love because if that's not the case, you'll have wasted a hell of a lot of time and money!

2. If you want to go travelling, this is the perfect time to do it! You have the opportunity to get up and go. You don't have as many responsibilities as you will have when you're older; no mortgage, no kids, no bills (and no university debt).

3. You'll be very good at speaking to new people and adapting to new surroundings. That move to uni next year won't be as hard if you've lived out of a rucksack and shared a room with 10 strangers. You can move away from home and be comfortable exploring new places and meeting new people.

4. How many people can say they've swam with sea turtles and reef sharks? Or say they've climbed active volcanoes or spent the day making jewellery and baskets out of Coconuts?! You'll make the most amazing memories which honestly make the best stories! To this day people find it amazing that I have a scar from a spider bite in Australia...

5. You will not regret it, either you've been travelling or you've spent the year earning money to make yourself in a better financial place when you do start uni. You have spent your time wisely, making sure you're doing the right thing for you. You may have decided uni is an absolute no go and as long as your decision is your decision then that is absolutely OK too.


There are so many pressures these days for 18 year old's to know exactly how they want to spend the rest of their lives. Trust me when I say this, just do what makes you happy because in the long run - that's the most important part.

Let me know what you think, are you feeling pressured to go to uni or are you having a gap year?
Also if you have any questions as to how I spent my two (?!) gap years then ask away!
I'd love to know!

Thanks for reading,

Love
Kirby Xx





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  1. Such a good post, I didn't start my degree until I was 22! There's no way I would have been ready for it at 18. I worked and went on A LOT of holidays whilst I figured out exactly what I wanted to do! XX

    sgxstyling.blogspot.com

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    1. I honestly believe it's the best way to to about it! Schools and colleges promote university as the only option - so many people I know now have degrees they aren't even using! Xx

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  2. I wish I had gone travelling - Many regrets for not! I can't wait to hear more about your adventures! xx Georgie xo

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    1. You've got plenty of time to still go and travel the world! xoxo

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  3. I didn't have a gap year but I can totally see why people do. I think it's a great opportunity to travel and have some fun :)

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    1. I can see why people don't too! But I couldn't recommend it enough! I had a great time! x

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  4. Love this post, travel is always a good idea :)

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    1. Ah thank you, it definitely is!! x

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  5. Hey I'm almost 27, been to uni and still don't know what I'm doing! 🙈
    So I'm off for a gap 'half' year after Christmas to figure it all out!
    It's definitely something we should all try at least once xx

    Cotton.Candy.Queen

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    1. Brilliant idea! I agree, it's something you'll only regret not doing! Where are you heading to?! xx

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