This is a post I’ve been waiting to write for such a long time and I can’t even explain how excited I am to tell you that I’ve officially started my gap year! Its been something I’ve considered doing for a long time (ever since I started watching Jacksgap to be honest) and even though I still don’t have any plans for exactly how I’m going to spend the year, I’m so glad I made the decision to take a year out.
I did apply to uni this year but I was never 100% sure which course I wanted to do, where I wanted to go or if I even wanted to go at all. I’ve never liked school, but GCSE’s were a whole new level of unhappiness and killed anything I ever enjoyed about learning. I didn’t hate A levels but I was just so unethusiastic about going to sit in a classroom to memorise things after GCSE’s that I had no real ambition to do it for another three years at university. I was warned against taking a gap year by my family but I knew uni wasn’t the right decision for me, at least for this year, and I knew if I went straight into a degree now I wouldnt make it through the full three years.
So, on to the exciting part, how I plan to spend a whole year of complete freedom from education and exams. When the idea of a gap year first came up I had plans to travel and actually got an interview for Camp America but sadly realised my exams finished two days after the start date so that was my summer plans out of the window. So with no plans on how I’m going to structure 12 months I basically have no idea how this year will go. I spent the first week of my gap year sorting my life out and doing all the jobs I’d been putting off during A levels like fixing my camera and redesigning this blog and it feels SO good to finally have everything ticked off my to do list! Last week I went to Alton Towers with some friends to celebrate the end of exams and then took some time off to get myself together and well rested. Although my original plans didn’t work out, I do believe everything happens for a reason, so below is my gap year bucket list/plans:
1.Focus on YouTube and blogging WAY more. I’ve never had any genuine passions or interests until I started a YouTube channel and blog, and although I’ve neglected both platforms pretty badly over the last couple of months I’m still so enthusiastic about creating content and my biggest aim for my gap year is to stick to this schedule starting this week-
Monday- Blog Post 6pm
Wednesday- Video 6pm
Thursday-Blog Post 6pm
My videos and posts will be mainly lifestyle/photography/travel related and I have pretty much all of my summer content planned which I’m really excited about!
2. Travel more. Although my original travel plans didn’t work out, I’d still like to visit some new places in the UK and abroad to make some videos and blog posts, I’m just not sure where yet!
3.Find out what I actually want to do with my life. I want to take the time to explore my options as much as possible and create an ultimate goal to work towards. Right now I know I want to work somewhere in the creative industry but I have abolutely no idea which particular role I’d like or how I’m going to go about getting it so hopefully taking a year out and not rushing into anything will give me a clearer view on the situation.
I hope you enjoyed this life update and dont forget to look out for all the new posts Im going to be putting up on here and my YouTube channel very soon! Megan x
P.S Have you ever taken a gap year? If so, what did you do with it?