For those currently studying A-Levels more specifically the A2 curriculum, exams are fast approaching like a relatable bad but slightly ironic event that happened from your past [INSERT AS REQUIRED].
I am however not here to tell you about which university to consider or what life changing decisions to make about your future as I am just as clueless. Teachers, Lecturers, Facebook, tell you about the amazing opportunities you could experience such as getting into tremendous debt while taking a degree in dog grooming just because you love it. Maybe even an apprenticeship in welding (Not that theres anything wrong with welding) just because higher forces may, possibly, under the right conditions be offering a grant.
This article is not here to draw you away from these magical opportunities often compared to Disney films such as Aladdin and Aladdin directors cut (if you ask any student about their university), It is merely a warning to the other side of higher education..
“a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between school and university or college education.”
After consulting a reasonably credible source we were informed about a third option so horrifically terrifying even Russia has banned it due to its horrific effects on society and social media platforms. The ‘Gap Year’.
In 1967 Nicholas Maclean-Bristal sent three students to Ethiopia for charitable purposes with money he had raised under the name ‘Project Trust’. Of course this was and is a great idea, helping people less fortunate and making the world a happier place thus creating the first ‘gap year’.
Much more recently however this idea has been shattered. With the rise of mobile technology and sites such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, followers of the ‘Hipster’ movement have utterly destroyed the premises for taking a ‘gap year’. Initially it was seen as a harmless trend, to raise awareness in places such as India. The true effects however weren’t seen until they landed back in the UK.
Following spiritual religions they half made up, constantly comparing un-relatable events to something they saw on the news while jet skiing in India when they should have been bag packing, and changing their name to ‘Lotus blossom’. The constant pictures of when they ‘built a well’ with local people, bragging about how they significantly changed the local peoples lives. These are the symptoms that are ravaging our generation
Charity is commendable and building facilities for people who are not able to is essential for improving the country, Coming back a changed and more aware person, half heartedly pursuing activism by writing a strongly worded Facebook post with little evidence however we can not condone.
Let me make this clear, Not all ‘Gap years’ are like this. I am quite clearly referring to a certain type of gap year which I can guarantee almost all readers will be aware of.
To conclude, Think about your future choices to avoid contracting this hipster ideology.
I would also like to add if you do end up changing your name to something spiritual pick a norse god such as ‘Hel’ ruler of Helheim, the norse underworld or ‘Baldur’ a son of Odin tragically killed by a plant.