Come July of this year, I will be out of education for the first time since I was 3 years old. Final year has come sooner than expected, and graduation is around the corner, which means a whole lot of things. As the year comes to an end and the next one looms, I am presented with many issues. The biggest one, amongst the deadlines and dissertations, is that one dreaded question…
So what are you doing next year?– said by everyone when you’re in final year, apparently.
Well, with a new term of Uni starting, it seems like I should answer this question once and for all.
Honestly, I don’t know.
Yep! And I’m absolutely fine with that.
That’s the thing, I am taking it seriously. I have a vague plan – I know I want to do a Masters, I know exactly what Masters I want to do and where I want to do it. But I know that I won’t be doing it next year.
It means that I’ve been in education non-stop for 17 years. I’m tired and mentally exhausted, and I can’t jump into another year of education straight away. I never had a gap year and I always wonder whether that was a bad call… But now that I’m finishing off my degree, I want to take a post-uni gap year before I dive into a world of education and full-time work.
How dare you! You don’t know me like that.
In all seriousness though, I’ve actually put a lot of thought into this. I know me and I know my mind, and my massive tendency to overwork. I need a breather before I overwork myself into the ground, and I’m going to use the year to gain experience, blog and travel. Not only will it make me more well-rounded (I plan to freelance for different publications and garner more work experience), but it will give me the refresher I need.
Gosh, you sound like my mother.
Ideally, I’ll do 6 months working in some sort of job locally, and then I’ll use the money from that to travel for the other 6 months. That, plus my blog income and (minimal) savings should be enough to keep me afloat for a while. See, I do have a plan!
Honestly, not at all. I’ve spent my whole life worrying and overthinking my next step. I’m only 21, I have my whole life to sort myself out. The next year is the first year in my life that will be 100% dedicated to me and my happiness. Better take it and run with it while I have the chance.
It does, doesn’t it? And that’s why I’m not worried at all. In fact, I’m pretty excited about it all.
Good! Because you can follow the whole process here on my blog! I’ve been a “student blogger” for as long as I’ve had this blog so it will be excited to explore the next journey of my life. Follow me to keep up with these cool exciting times (Hint hint: the follow button’s in my sidebar).
What are you doing next year? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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