Gap Year! (When I think about it in my head, I think of it with the G and Y capitalized)
A whole year at your hands. If you are anything like I was last year, you have the time, the youth, the energy and the desire to do a lot, but you don’t know what to do! There are a ton of cool things you can do in your gap year. Below I have compiled a short list of ten things you can do, and which I recommend you should look into for more ideas!
Things you can do in your gap year:
- Travel: Just do this. Please. You will appreciate my advice later. Nepal is too beautiful not to travel when you have a whole year in your hands. The biggest regret I have is not travelling enough.
- You can cold call/email/fb the organizations you are interested in and ask if they have any positions offered. This usually works if you want to volunteer at small NGOs. I got a volunteering position this way. Volunteering is an amazing experience, try it if you can. You can get an unpaid internship in almost any field you want if you keep looking.
- Same with teaching. Try to contact people at colleges saying you are a recent A-level grad from BNKS looking for some part-time job experience. Make sure you contact a ‘decision-maker’ (one who can actually hire you) and not the ‘gatekeeper’ (people who stop you from meeting the decision-maker, for eg secretaries). To quote Ted from HIMYM, “All the crap they say about teaching, all the satisfaction and contentment bullshit- it’s true, ok?”
- Learn photography/dancing/an instrument/ swimming/ photoshop/ programming/ debating/anything you want. Or do them all. Pick up some skills. Join a club if you can.
- Learn your traditional language if you don’t know it already. I have strong feelings about this!
- Read a lot of books. Not only for your gap year, but forever.
- Learn how to cook. This is Survival 101 if you are coming abroad.
- Spend time with your family. This is important. Especially with your grandparents, if you can. Nothing warms an old person as much as a younger person willing to listen to them. Personally, this was a big thing for me. I learnt Newari from my grandmother (okay, some Newari) because that was a way for me to spend more time with her.
- Take online classes. A lot of education is free if you want it, you know.
- Write. You can also get paid doing this if you look for ideas. Plus, writing builds discipline and helps you compose your thoughts and your ideas. This will also make your life much easier in college, trust me.
Have a great Gap Year!