It’s weird to think I started this blog in my first year of university, and now, here I am, nearly half way through my final year. Where has the time gone. I feel like the girl I was when I started has grown in to a “proper” adult. But that’s the scary part. I’m set to graduate in July and that means the world of adult choices officially begin.
Although, my life choices aren’t too adultly just yet. I’ll be honest I feel too young to be a proper adult; I’m will only just have turned 21 when I have my graduation and I don’t feel ready to go into a job.
I think there is a lot of pressure for students in their final year to know what they want to do; to be applying for graduate jobs, looking for places to live etc. But I feel that pressure is unnecessary and harmful. Admittedly, I do know what I want to do in my life, I know the sort of career I want, but, I am still young.
Call it what you want, but I want to travel first, and get a Masters before I have to get a job. Some people might see that as me prolonging having to have responsibility. But I see it as me living my life. I don’t have people financially relying on me, I don’t have a mortgage or car finance to pay for. I have me.
Now I just have the decision of what Masters. Where to travel. Both of which I have been giving a great deal of thought into when I have the time. It’s hard because finding the right Masters is difficult because the funding is very different to an undergraduate degree. I want to make sure the decision I am making is the right one but it is really hard.
I’m really considering an online degree that I can do over two years whilst still living at home and working part time too. My only hesitating is, I’ve never studied online before so I don’t know if the style of teaching would work for me. I would be really interested to hear from people that have tried online degrees or distance learning! How did you find it? Did you find the support you got was enough?
If I don’t do the online degree it would mean looking at staying in Cardiff which is also a contender. I love the city and feel really comfortable here, but the course just isn’t quite as good for me as the online one. It’s the whole debate of whether I want to do the Masters in a year and get a job, or whether over two years would be better.
When it comes to travelling I have so many places I want to see. I would have the year out before the Masters to give myself a break. I will have been in education every year of my life from the age of 4 to 21, I think I deserve a break! Particularly as I’d be then going back into education!
I don’t get why having a gap year is so frowned upon. Maybe it’s because the people that usually criticise them never got a chance to do one themselves! Haha. Just jealous? But, in all seriousness, I think doing a gap year can be incredibly beneficial to an individual and for future career paths. With mine I want to see the world but I want to also do some community work. I have aspirations of working for NGOs and charities or in the development sector. Therefore, being able to say I have done some of this work hands on could really be beneficial.
In addition, I’m also human. I want to know the world I live in. Spending the summer around South East Asia is something I will never forget and honestly, I don’t think much could come close to it. But I want to know more about our planet. It’s such a beautiful place and I want to see that. I want to, one day, be able to tell my children about all the amazing places I got to see. (Just incase Donald Trump causes some horrific war and wipes out all the beautiful things in our world) Needless to say, I want to live. I don’t want to just exist.
So I have some decisions to make; some adult decisions. I’ll be 21 next June which sounds super scary. I’m already a year into my third decade and a lot will be changing soon. I just hope things all work out for the best!
I have plans with Josh to do a ‘normal’ holiday in Croatia next summer, so if anyone has been I’d love to hear more about places to go/see!