University Deferrals, Life Lessons about Age and Traveling According to Grace
While you’re probably looking forward to what your gap year has in store, there’s probably still some nerves about things you don’t know yet. Will you get into my university program after my gap year? Do you have the skills to travel? Is it going to be weird to be going back to school when I am a year older than everybody else?
Grace weighs in on all of these questions in this week’s podcast.
Grace is a current University of Toronto Student studying Biodiversity and Conservation. She spent many of her summers working at camp, where she found her passion for the outdoors. With the support of her family, she deferred her acceptance and spent the majority of her gap year working at a restaurant before venturing to Europe for some exploring.
Grace speaks about the transition from being a student to working – the freedom of not having homework, the exposure to new peers of all different ages and life experience, as well as a taste of what “adult life” is all about.
What does Grace want people planning a gap year to know?
As cheesy as it sounds, Grace did “find herself” on her gap year. She learned so much from traveling, being alone, and being in a slower environment. She started her first year of university more confident, independent confident in her ability to make new friends.
Her top advice for students in grade 12? To commit and absolutely do it, and not to let FOMO get in the way. It may seem like you’ll miss out on the university experience, but you’ll have the same experience a year later – plus, you’ll have all your amazing gap year experience under your belt as well.
Pretty cool, eh?
Want to dive deeper into the resources mentioned throughout the podcast? Here are some of the resources that Grace and Michelle mentioned in the podcast:
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