I would kindly like to welcome you to the first chapter of my blog. I am fully aware that this could easily turn into a girl-next-door, “I love all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle” kind of thing but I am going to attempt to be a little bit original and stand out above all the millions of blogs that exist on the internet already.
Hi, my name’s Claire and I am just starting my gap year. For anyone who isn’t familiar with a gap year, it is a time-out year between college and university where you do anything you want to do that allows you to have a break from education. The majority of people either travel, work or both. When researching into people’s experiences of gap years, nearly all of them were adventurous travel blogs where they have back packed across Australia or volunteered in Africa but very few were slightly more affordable, achievable and quieter gap years. Personally, I am taking a gap year because I just want a break from doing constant art coursework and maths past papers and get a taster of what adult life is like. I can’t be the only one who feels like this, which is why I want to document it; to allow people like me to witness a gap year that doesn’t involve sleeping in a tent on the side of a cliff or sky diving in Thailand.
There is another reason I wanted to document my gap year. Ever since I was 11 years old, I have struggled with anxiety. Quite recently I have managed to control it much easier as I have found my coping mechanisms but I still struggle with it day to day, which is why it would be very out of character for me to just jump on a plane to somewhere far away for a year. Although I don’t just want to sit on my bum doing nothing or work none stop for an entire year, I do still want to achieve a lot in my year off and have something to talk to people about when (or if) I finally go to university. I feel as though nobody has written a blog telling the story of someone with anxiety on a gap year and with the number of 17/18 year olds who suffer with anxiety being at its greatest, it will be done at some point and I want to be that person who does it.
So, I am going to prove that even though I may have a slightly more anxious and hesitant nature, I can still achieve just as much in my gap year as anyone else, and everyone else can too.