1. Although I am having a brilliant year on the whole, I am not ashamed to admit that at times I thought this year might kill me.
2. Everyone makes their gap year sound cooler than it actually is. The guy who says he's 'planning on travelling' has no plans at all. The girl who says she's been 'doing loads of gigs and is hoping to tour the country at some point' probably plays a few pubs every now and then. The friend who says they 'can't wait to do voluntary work in Zambia' has probably googled 'gap year ideas' once. My point is, a gap year can be brilliant, but people will tell you all sorts of rubbish about their plans, mostly because they have no clue what they're doing for the next year. (I have done this)
3. Commuting is sodding expensive in London, without a student travel card.
4. A YEAR IS A BLOODY LONG TIME. A month into the gap year, whilst on an agonising job-hunt, I really couldn't see how I could fill a year. I realised that I had to find a TONNE of interesting things to do, work, new social stuff in order to enjoy it. Since that epiphany, the year has gotten way better.
5. I have almost completely lost track of the days. When you're at school, you're on a 5 days working-2 days rest schedule. Not me. Doing shift work at a London theatre means I could be working any day of the week. Totally disorientating.
6. When people come back from uni, they're always terrible at telling you about how it's going. I can't count the number of people who have returned from a whole term at uni with almost nothing interesting to say about their first three months away from home. I understand they're probably just unsure how to cover three months in a discussion, but come on, find something to say!
7. I am way more ready for uni now. Having a few months out of education means I'm genuinely really looking forward to starting again in October, and I actually can't wait to start my course reading! (Yes, I am a nerd)
If you are also on a gap year, I want to hear your gap year confessions. #UNIconfessions also welcome.