Taking A Gap Year Before Going To College

Friday, 26 August 2016

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|Results Day|

On the 17th of August I nervously opened a little brown envelope that would be one factor that would decide what path I go down in life. Many of you might not know that I struggled to go to school due to school phobia so the thought of even sitting the Leaving Cert let alone getting the points I needed was difficult. The minimum amount of points that I needed was 380 and for someone that hadn't gone to school in 3 years, it seemed impossible. I ended up dropping to 3 ordinary level subjects and so I was left with 3 higher level subjects - The most amount of points I could've received was 480 out of 600. It was a big risk to take but I took it anyway and worked harder than I've ever worked before. I ended up getting very high grades and I walked away with 390 points. I still can't believe that it happened and it feels like a dream in all honesty.

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|Nabbing My Dream College Course|

Last Monday was the day I received an offer for my dream college course in DCU. Quite a few of you won't be familiar with 'the points race' but basically, they offer college places based on who has the highest points and someone with lower points than required by the course might get a place if they need to fill it up. The points go up and down every year so you're never fully sure how many points you're going to need - In a nutshell, it's a very stressful system and it's all up in the air until the day the CAO offers are released. 

I was completely over the moon that I actually got the course that I wanted and I cannot wait to get started! The course I'll be doing is Communication Studies and the modules are perfect for me as there is a bit of everything in it - From digital media skills to analysing media content to media writing to photography and imaging to press and public relations and many more modules that are incorporated into blogging. It's safe to say that it is the perfect course for me!

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|Why It's Ok To Take A Gap Year|

Taking a gap year seems to be an iffy subject here in Ireland. There's a lot of pressure to go straight to college and then straight from college into a job. Although I value the importance of education and I love studying (I'd like to go on and do a post-grad as well as a masters) I do think it's important to take a break to go after what you want. Whether that's just relaxing after a stressful year, going travelling, doing a short course (I'll be doing a makeup course as I'd like to incorporate that qualification into my future career.) or just taking time out to prepare yourself for college and think about what you want for your future.

Do what feels right for you! And if going straight to college feels right then do that! But whatever you decide to do don't feel pressurised into doing something that you don't want to do.

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|My Plans For The Year|

My focus for the year is CBT and saying yes to opportunities that are presented to me. I'm lucky enough to be invited to a few events here and there but I've never been able to go due to school priorities. I'm going to try to attend all of them as best as I can and push myself to do things that scare me. I want to grow as a person and grow my blog in a way that I wouldn't have been able to do if I went straight to college.

I'm very passionate about my blog and I'm hard working so I want to dedicate time to building it up. I want to learn new things about the industry this year and put my heart and soul into it. I can't wait to get more serious about the blog and see where it takes me. Watch this space - There'll be lots more content coming your way...........

Have you ever had a gap year?

What are your thoughts on gap years?

Cliona xx

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1 comment:

  1. First off congratulations :) it's so amazing that you achieved everything you worked so, so hard for :) I didn't take a gap year in the quintessential sense.. I went straight from my a-levels to university for four years and I poured my heart and soul into my final year (as you did with your exams). I was actually quite unwell during final year but I ignored it to get the best degree I could and I did that. When it was all over I was supposed to get a job as you said but I didn't. I actually didn't work for a year, I rediscovered myself, worked on my blog and sorted my health. Now I have a job I love and I feel like a brand new person. You are so right in saying do what's right for you :) amazing post... All my love :)

    Rach xx


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