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Gap Year: What to Do?

Updated on May 9, 2019

Discovering your purpose

You all know that gap year is a time in your life where you sit down and think of what course you should take in college, what type of job you would get yourself into before college;where to travel and have fun or volunteer in a third world country. All these questions are OK to ask yourself, but there's one question many youths fail to ask themselves and that is,"what is my purpose here on earth?"

The main reason why many people today especially in their 30's till old age are depressed is because they failed to find their true purpose. In Africa; for instance,a child would like to be a dancer but his or her dreams are extinguished because parents believe that such a profession is not enough to earn a living. In the 1960's , even today, African governments would employ people who went to some sort of higher education; therefore, a parent would rather have their child in Medicine, Law or Engineering. I am not blaming parents for the unhappy individuals today, I just urge them to give children a chance to make their own career choices and fulfill their purpose.

Gap year is a time in which many youths should think of ways to impact their communities and make a bright future for themselves. However, many youths fail to find their purpose because they do not know what to do with their lives; instead, they follow the crowd and get lost in it. For example, others would choose a particular college because their friends are going for it instead of analyzing which school is best for their own careers. Many do so in fear of rejection from their peers.

In order to be successful in discovering your purpose, you need to be patient with your goals and wants during your gap year. Also,make sure you get the best advice from the best source:it could be your parent/guardian, career guidance counselor at your school or even google. For those who stayed longer in their gap year, do not give up on your dreams and ignore negative influences. If you have been turned down by your peers, they were probably not your genuine friends, so you will find better friends in the future. And if the career you want to pursue is not realistic, try turning it into a hobby. After all, two things are better than one.


© 2019 Gigi Gigi


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    • Grace Mawawa profile imageAUTHOR

      Gigi Gigi 

      10 months ago from Zambia

      Gap year should be a time where people should discover their purpose and live fulfilled lives.


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