Blog & Opinion
15 November 2018 • Montana Sazias
Here I am, finally sitting in that classroom. The place that I have spent so much time working towards from the moment that I knew what I was going to enrol in. I wasn’t totally sure, but I knew I’d get here. Right there, in those school desks. I’m back.
It’s still weird to think that around this time last year I had a whole year ahead of me. A year in which you make plans, set goals and hopefully ultimately achieve something. It is really important to be able to say that you have gained a lot in the gap year. The other option is that you could work for a year, ‘save’ and take a look at life from another perspective before diving back into the books day and night.
I did the last one. I looked for a job for four days a week to earn some extra money. Otherwise my mother would never have agreed to this if I was going to roll out of bed at 11:30 every day and wait around for something to happen.
I was going to use that gap year do a bit of soul-searching. What do I like to do? Where do I want to end up? What would I be happy doing? As someone who stopped a different degree programme because of the wrong study choice, these questions were probably three times harder to answer. It’s not a mistake you want to repeat. Not only because it wastes time, but also because every year you get older, and with every year, you feel you are ‘behind’ the other younger students who have just come from senior general secondary education. It almost seems like everything depends on the choice of a new study.
If you aren’t sure what you want to do, this is a year that you can best use to get oriented and see what the possibilities are, like going to open days, doing an orientation day and making as many contacts as you can with students who have faced the same problems as you. Because, believe me, you are not the only one who hasn’t figured it all out!
All of the things that I did to find out what I was going to start this year, were finally realised. European Studies, a broadly oriented international degree programme, gives me a wide choice of directions that have even more directions, which makes it incredibly universal. Perfect for someone who is not totally sure yet.
I’m convinced that despite my doubts and the fear of making another wrong decision, I am going to make it and find my way. But I have to pave my own path and walk it myself. In short, a big adventure is waiting for me after this gap year. I have the commitment to totally go for it and give my all to make it a success.
And here I am, finally. In that classroom with a teacher and a group of peers who are here for the same thing as I am, studying and preparing for the future. And don’t forget the energetic student life surrounding it all.
Montana Sazias began European Studies after a gap year. This academic year she is blogging about her experiences as a first-year student at THUAS.