In May of 2013 I began my gap-year. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. I just knew that I didn’t want to get stuck in school. I knew I wasn’t at the right school. I had little direction about what I wanted to study or do with the rest of my life. I certainly wasn’t going to stay at school and get in to debt. I did know one thing, that what I really wanted to do was travel–to see the world. And that’s exactly what I did.
As I have already blogged extensively about my travels, I think a timeline is appropriate to layout my year off.
- May 2013-October 2013 worked full-time as a bank teller
- October 2013-January 2014 Costa Rica adventures
- January 2014-March 2014 worked as receptionist
- April 2014 China trip
- May 2014-August 2014 a mix of work and play
Well put this way it doesn’t look like I did very much in my gap-year. But that’s far from the truth. I experienced more new things in the last year than I have in all of high school. I worked, I saved money, and I traveled. I was a farmer. I walked on The Great Wall. I lived in two completely new cultures. I learned a new language. I turned a year older. I lived. I learned about myself, about what I want and don’t want. I found contentment instead of uneasiness about the future.
It wasn’t just about work. Work was a means to make money so that I could travel and now it has been a means to pay for an education. I have decided to pursue a degree in Digital Media Arts and Design. And if I don’t like it, I won’t continue it. Then I’ll just live in other countries for a while, become fluent in a couple of languages and see where that takes me.
That’s all a bit over my head right now though. I’m actually excited to start school Monday. I have already paid tuition in full and bought my books.
I will be taking:
Intro to Digital Media Arts and Design
Intro to Digital Editing
Art: Two Dimensional Design
Be prepared to see some art and photography from my classes this fall.
And so my gap-year did end with starting school again, but this time with more purpose, experience, exploration and questioning. And although it was a gap from traditional schooling, it was a gap filled with far more than I could have imagined for myself.It only took me 90 blog posts to get here.