HAVING ANOTHER GAP YEAR AND EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH IT



I am not sure how many people are fans of the TV show, 'Dad's Army', but it's a well-loved classic in our household. It's based in WW2 and contains several lovable characters whom you might be familiar with. I am reminded of one episode in particular when a young member of the cast, named Pike, is called up to join the RAF. To cut a long story short, the other characters plan a farewell dinner for him whilst in the meantime he finds out he isn't actually able to join the RAF for health reasons. The dinner goes ahead and only at the end is Pike able to explain he isn't going away, after all, much to everyone else's dismay.

What does this story have to do with studying or gap years for that matter? Recently I made the decision to halt going to university (once again) and take some more time to figure out what I am doing next. This caused a bit of confusion (which I am beginning to find amusing now) among those whom I told I was leaving to go to university this September. The problem was of my own making as I thought it was only polite to explain to people that I would be leaving soon, seeing as it was getting closer and closer to the date when I should have been going. Whilst I went through the obligatory explaining of where I was going, what I would be studying etc. I often had the niggling thought in my head that was saying 'Actually I might not be going'. As tempting as it was to say this aloud I decided to refrain due to my determination to be confident about my choice to go away to university.

I was partly excited to go and study, but I knew at the same time I would love more time to work things out and decide if this was the best option for me. So I decided to give myself more time in the form of another gap year. Much like Pike in that episode, I have now got to a point where I have to tell those that I was leaving that I am actually not! I felt awkward about this at first, but I don't mind it so much now. After all, it was my decision and I am happy with it. If anyone else is in the same boat, I'd say be confident and look forward to your year ahead!

Are you going to university this year?

Thanks for popping by! I hope you learnt something from this post.

Abby

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