Thursday, April 16, 2015

Taking An Unintentional Gap Year... Twice


You should know by now that I left school in 2013 and haven't been in education since, I auditioned for drama school two years running and this year chose not to. It's not that I want to stop being an actress, because I still want to do that and will strive to achieve this in a different way. Last September, I decided that I was going to apply to university to do a three year course in 'Fashion Marketing', so far I've received three offers, one rejection and I'm still waiting to hear back from one. I'm still not totally sure that I want to go, which is quite scary, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. 

I never thought I'd be out of education for two years, I always thought that I'd get in to drama school and it would be plain sailing from there. I suppose I was naive in to thinking that it would be easy as it sounds, nobody told me how difficult it would be. Which has left me in a gap year of two years, but without knowing this, I wasn't able to save money to travel and do it the typical way one would see a "gap year". So, even though it may seem scary to see it on paper, I've actually really enjoyed taking two years of doing my own thing. I've worked, done internships, worked on my blog and youtube - I've been able to be in the real world, rather than be in another education bubble. I've also been able to actually take the time to make decisions on what I want to do in the future, it wasn't forced upon me to make a decision there and then - which I feel schools do a lot. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you're taking a gap year or too scared to take one in fear you'll be drifting. I hope they help and just remember you're not alone in not wanting to go to university or not going straight away. Everything happens for a reason and I feel that me not getting in to drama school was a good thing - for my personality and it has allowed me to grow up and become a better person.

- Keep busy and don't lose hope
- Take your time to decide what you want to do
- Remember what you're working towards or what it is that you want
- Go and travel
- Do the things that you might not be able to do in the future
- At this time, you don't have many responsibilities or problems

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4 comments

  1. This is a really helpful blogpost! :) When applying for university, I felt pressured into going and that my school didn't really give any other option, other than to go to university. Despite that I do very much enjoy my course and university which is quite lucky, but a lot of people I know took a gap year and I think it is one of the most smartest decisions ever! It allows you to take a breather from education and help you find out where you want to go in life and as you said be in the 'real world'. What disappointed me about university, is that I went into university thinking that I will discover what I want to do after my degree and (this may change later in my degree) but after finishing first year, I still have no clue what I want to do or what I'm good at.


    Molly (dazedanddistracted.blogspot.co.uk)
    x

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  2. Awh, I'm glad you found it helpful! Hopefully your university experience will get better and will help you choose your next path soon! <3.

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  3. Great post Bella! I love that you added don't lose hope! That's sooo important! xx

    Hey Divs

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  4. I loved this post! I'll have to start applying for college next year & this just reminded me that there is no reason I have to be pressured into figuring out exactly what I want to do yet.

    -Em

    http://emandlivs.blogspot.com/

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