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Year off - August 20th 2011, 04:07 AM

I'm taking a year off before University. And though I don't feel the stress of getting ready to go back to school I still feel a little anxious. I'm scared i'm going to be bored! All my friends will be at school..other then working and taking two weeks off to travel in Panama with my Dad, I really have no other plans. Now in no way am I complaining! So much time off is a blessing. But I don't have the money to travel to more places then Panama, and I feel as though i'll be alone a lot. I want to make a list of things to do on my year off but I can't think of anything! Any idea?!
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Re: Year off - August 20th 2011, 06:55 AM

I took a year off, and it was the best decision I ever made I worked full time for a few months and then travelled for the rest of the year, only coming home a few days before uni started back haha. I recommend keeping yourself busy. Get a full time job that you enjoy. I know it sounds bad, but I actually had a really good time working during my gap year because I worked with other people who were my age, and they became my closest friends. Before you know it you might have saved up enough to travel a bit more before uni starts. Don't stress about losing touch with your high school friends. Social groups will change for everyone, not just you...i'm sure lots of your friends are going to different unis and studying different things. Just try to organise catch ups whenever you can. Do all the stuff you've never had time to do before! learn a language, an instrument, whatever appeals to you! Volunteer for an organisation/charity you like, see if you can get a group of friend to join a social sports team with you. I'm sure you'll find plenty to do don't worry! HAVE FUN, and enjoy it while you can

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Re: Year off - August 23rd 2011, 11:36 PM

Great tips int he first anser .. .might I also suggest volenteiring a lot of good can cgo in all directions doing this from you and to you while also keeping you very busy.

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Re: Year off - August 25th 2011, 01:28 AM

I agree with the idea of getting a job.

I know it sounds monotonous, but if you work solidly for a few months, you will have saved up enough money to travel to more places than just Panama.

Plus, having some full-time experience of work will look good on your CV/resume.

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Re: Year off - August 25th 2011, 01:41 AM

I'm taking a year off as well and I found this extremely helpful.
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