Leaving School

Leaving School

Hello sweet peas!! πŸ™‚

So recently the topic of “what to do when you leave school” has been appearing more and more in my life since I turned sixteen. Honestly, I can’t go to a family event without someone asking “so what are you going to do when you leave school?”, which quickly turns into “which university are you going to?”. However, unlike most people I generally don’t have a one sentence answer for them. More like an essay long answer.

In New Zealand there are around 6 or 7 tertiary institutes, including both universities and polytechnic institutes. I think Victoria University in Wellington (our capital) looks awesome, and a great place to be a student. But when it comes to actually thinking of what I want to do when I leave school… well the words “travel the world” seem to fall out of my mouth.

I want to see the great lights of Times Square, and the hills of Wales, the ancient wonders of Egypt, and the deep forests of Germany. Unfortunately travelling is something people generally consider a unviable option.

So, my question for you all is what you are planning to do, or what you did, or even are doing, beyond school education? And if anyone can give me some advice about possible ways of travelling when I do leave school (still dreading it haha) πŸ˜€ As always, I love hearing all your thoughts πŸ™‚

I hope you’re all having a great day!! πŸ™‚

Lui xx


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  1. January 12, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    After I graduate Oregon State University I plan to backpack and teach English in other countries for 1-2 years before I come back and focus on getting a career/house/family haha. Being a student and graduating with debt isn’t as scary as most people think. It’s a normal bill you pay like a car loan or mortgage so with that said traveling can be realistic if you budget and even try to work while you are there! Hope this helps 😊


  2. January 12, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    It’s hard decision that most people have to make. I didn’t go to uni, I went out working straight from school but I did go to Polytech as an adult student once I turned 27.. I think it was good in a way because I noticed the kids who came straight from school didn’t really apply themselves as much and a lot of them ended up dropping out – it was almost like they didn’t know what they wanted to do.

    I think if you have a clear idea of what you would want to study at uni then go for it – travel will always be there. But if have questions about what to study, then maybe some time off seeing the world might be just what you need to do to know exactly what you want in life…

    Or I could be completely wrong haha.. .good luck!

  3. January 12, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    We had chats about this yesterday and I honestly have no clue what I want to do either XD all I know is that I should do something that I love , hope this helps xx❀️

  4. January 12, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Hi Lui!

    I think you should go to college. Going to college and getting (at least) a BA will certainly open a lot of doors in your life. You could get some sort of degree that send you to world-wide destinations. I’d definatly go through the 4 years. It will be worth it, I’m sure.

    – Allie

  5. January 12, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    It was so hard for me what I wanted to do after school. I had to choose a study, because everyone does that here, so I had too. I choose the study ‘business economics’, a really hard but fun study. I’m in my first year now and sometimes I think about chosing another study. But it’s so hard because there are a LOT of studies here, and I don’t like any other than ‘business economics’. Good luck with your study-picking or world-travelling-plans!

  6. January 13, 2017 / 3:22 am

    Traveling after getting out of school is so ideal. I still (after graduating from college almost 6 years from now) still want to travel everywhere. That want never ends. After I graduated, I received my first teaching job (I went to school to be a teacher) I actually landed my job right before I graduated so that was really lucky. Taught for 4 years, decided it wasn’t for me, moved to the city and found myself working at an IT company which I love! Can’t wait to see where life brings you after school πŸ™‚

    xo, JJ

  7. January 13, 2017 / 5:22 am

    Well I was thinking of doing a bilingual college, basically I would live in London for one year (I still have time it’s only in 2 years.) And for everything after that I haven’t completely decided yet. But as I’m studying physics I think I want to go in that direction. And obviously photography. πŸ˜‰β€οΈ xx

  8. January 13, 2017 / 8:32 am

    oh that sounds amazing!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and what an awesome opportunity to go overseas for studying πŸ™‚ <3 xx

  9. January 13, 2017 / 8:34 am

    wow that’s so cool!! πŸ™‚ <3 how did u decide to go into IT? πŸ™‚ and that's cool that u did something and even though it wasn't for u, u have the experience of that πŸ™‚ and I feel like teaching could definitely be stressful haha πŸ˜€

  10. January 13, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I know what u mean about that – pretty much everyone around me is planning to go to university when they finish school πŸ™‚ and business economics sounds interesting! πŸ˜€
    thanks! πŸ™‚ <3

  11. January 13, 2017 / 8:37 am

    thanks for the advice! πŸ™‚ I have had a lot of people tell me that too πŸ™‚ its just a matter of finding something to study haha πŸ™‚ xx

  12. January 13, 2017 / 8:39 am

    yes so true!! πŸ˜€ unfortunately the things I love aren’t viable career choices haha πŸ˜‰ but I guess sometimes things will just pop up and hopefully you’ll have that “click” moment where u think “I want to do this” πŸ™‚ <3

  13. January 13, 2017 / 8:40 am

    omg thank you so much! this makes total sense to me haha πŸ˜€ I have a family member who did that too, and said that he was way ahead of the straight from school people because they hadn’t settled down and become serious yet πŸ™‚ thank you so much for the advice! πŸ™‚ <3

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  15. January 13, 2017 / 8:42 am

    thank you so much! and that sounds so cool! πŸ™‚ I think it’d be so cool to go teach English to people – also an amazing way to meet new people πŸ™‚ and thank you for the advice, it most certainly has helped πŸ™‚ <3

  16. January 13, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I think a couple years out in the ‘rral world’ gives you a better specific of life & what its all about haha

  17. January 13, 2017 / 8:47 am

    yes so true!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  18. January 13, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Definitely! I already can’t wait !πŸ˜‰β€οΈ

  19. January 14, 2017 / 6:14 am

    oh man to be honest I have no idea lol between teaching and my IT job, I was working for real estate (which I didn’t want to but had to just for commute reasons when I moved into the city) so while I was working for the Real Estate agency, I was applying to jobs like crazy and I just ended up getting a call back from the company I’m working at now and its been great ever since! Certainly things like this make me believe that everything does in fact fall into place- just as it will for you πŸ™‚

  20. January 14, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    haha wow that’s pretty cool! πŸ˜€ its funny how life just works out like that sometimes πŸ™‚ <3

  21. January 14, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    haha! πŸ˜€ <3

  22. January 14, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    aw thank you so much!! πŸ˜€ I will try to get onto that asap! πŸ˜€ <3

  23. January 14, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    That’s great! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

  24. January 14, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Oh, yeah, totally. <3

  25. January 15, 2017 / 2:48 am

    I am still not at that stage yet, but what I would suggest is that you should follow your heart and your dreams. Everyone has passions and you should truly reach deep down and understand what you want. Hope it helps, although this kind of advice tends to be slightly confusing! πŸ™‚

  26. January 15, 2017 / 9:45 am

    wow thank you! that makes a lot of sense, and definitely helps to hear someone say that πŸ™‚ thank you so much πŸ™‚ <3

  27. January 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    You are welcome 😊

  28. January 16, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Update me if you have any ideas on our possible collab! I’m really looking forward to it!!!

  29. January 16, 2017 / 10:35 am

    yes me too!! do u have an email I can email u on? u can email me on luimaria09@gmai.com πŸ™‚ <3

  30. January 22, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I relate to this so much. I was in the same situation a year ago.

  31. January 22, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    oh really? what did u do? haha πŸ˜€ <3

  32. January 22, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Now I am studying science . I am in 11grade. (+1) it is called junior college in maharastra , india. But deep down I know all i want to do is travel , read and be a part of fashion industry…. hopefully someday after I get a OFFICIAL degree I will do ONLY WHAT I WANT TO AND NOT WHAT OTHERS WANT ME TO.

  33. January 23, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    I know how u feel! hopefully u can get travelling soon πŸ™‚ <3

  34. January 24, 2017 / 11:55 am

    that’s alright πŸ™‚ <3

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