My 2019 Plans|Life After School, Travel, Studying?

My 2019 Plans|Life After School, Travel, Studying?

Well, hello people of 2019!

How is your 2019 going so far? It’s crazy we’re in the New Year already. As ever I feel pretty satisfied with how 2018 went, and I honestly never like to complain about any year, because every year I’ve made new friends, met new people, gotten to know old friends better, gone new places, and had completley new and original experiences. Of course, there are always the tough times, though I must say that my final year of school was amazing. Truly, it was worth doing the twelve years previous to get that amazing finish.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might know that I have literally spent the last two years stressing about what the heck I’m going to do with my life once I finished school. Would I go to university? Which university? Which course? But should I travel? Get a job? Do a gap year? Quite frankly one of the biggest sources of stress last year was these thoughts. A year ago I thought I had it sorted out, that I would go to Victoria University of Wellington and do a Bachelor of Arts majoring in German, English and Media Studies. Well… The truth of where I’m at in January 2019 is very different to what that version of myself thought.

I did apply for accommodation and a scholarship for Victoria (I got both! Yay!), but then I started to realise that despite being told that it was unlikely I would get in, I wanted to apply for the New Zealand Broadcasting School (NZBS), based in Christchurch. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that not only would I get to the interview stage, but that I would get into the freaking NZBS. It was honestly one of the proudest moments of my life. However… In true Lui fashion I realised that despite my excitement I wasn’t ready to go into three more years of intense training after thirteen previous ones. And my need to travel was, and is forever, growing. So what is my plan?

My Gap Year & Onwards:

  • Work on my family farm.
  • Learn another language.
  • Go to India with my best friend in June/July (this is going to be a huge step out of my comfort zone, but I am so pumped!).
  • Backpack Europe for 6 weeks/ 2 months!!!!!!
  • In 2020 (hopefully) attend the NZBS for my Bachelor of Broadcasting in Journalism.

So even though I got in for 2019 I asked to defer it for 2020. I’m not guaranteed a place because they might get a whole lot of people 10 times better than me… but if that happens, I’ll just do another gap year! The break between secondary and tertiary education for me is so vital, and I am so excited that I am finally doing it!!

My blogging goal this year is to share what I learn throughout my gap year because there isn’t a lot of information out there about how to actually do a gap year, though there are a few people doing it online, which I will share with you. I also want to share my experiences of applying for tertiary courses, and how I decided to do a gap year.

I’d love to know what your goals for this year are! Are you doing a gap year? going to University? Still at school? I’d love to know!!

Until next time,

Lui xx

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  1. January 5, 2019 / 12:33 pm

    So proud of you Lui… I always knew you’d achieve well, even when you said you wouldn’t 😉 you work so hard, and I can’t wait to see where next year takes you and hopefully share in some of your adventures too x

  2. luimaria
    January 6, 2019 / 9:31 am

    Aw thank you 🙂 It’s really nice to hear that! 😀 x

  3. January 15, 2019 / 12:58 am

    That’s so cool that you got accepted. 2019 isn’t great so far but whatever 😂
    I’ve got my last year of school and I’m not looking forward to it and then I think I want to do a gap year as well because I have NO idea what I want to do. Loved reading this xx

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  4. luimaria
    January 19, 2019 / 9:27 am

    I would 100% recommend a gap year, but I also think it’s a good idea to check out study options too, so you have some idea what you’ll need for the year after your gap year 😊 the last year flew by for me, and I really hope you have a fun and enjoyable last year of school, and I hope it’s all up hill from here!! 💕 xx

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