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1. Posted by richdarich (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi all!

I just wanted to see what you all think about my circumstance. I am at uni just about to finish my first year.

Everyday I am more and more loosing focus about uni due to personal issues.

I am considering taking a gap year starting this July and go to Oz for a year... to get away see new things meet new people, I am 22 this year and my friends and family keep insisting that I should finish uni before going off half way round the world. Does anyone have experience with this? thanks Rich

2. Posted by Hayleb (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thats a tricky one. I am on a gap year currently, putting the start of uni off. Alot of my friends started though and have been restless some dropping out to travel so i think if you are really unhappy you should go and do what you dream, you only live once and you might regret it.
Although you are nearly 22 would going to uni 2nd year at nearly 23 not be more difficult, i am dreading the prospect of going to uni at 20 as some people are as young as 17 and I find i enjoy the company of older people anyway.
And would you really have the motivation to go back? If you battled through your course (providing you are stil certain its what you want to do) then you could reward yourself with a trip, student loans don't have to be paid untill you can afford it so why not jet off afterwards.
It would probably be easier to keep going with your friends, course and keep your focus and everything you have learned rather than disrupt it but if you are unhappy with social life or feel like you are at breaking point just do it. I hope whatever decision you make it works for you and just make the best of what you do - no regrets.
Hayley x

3. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

kill two birds with one stone... in australia.

4. Posted by richdarich (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the replies. I have decided to bite the bullet and go to Oz! I would consider studying there as long as I can afford to pay for everything!

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'd reconsider your decision.

My advice is for you to complete your studies before you go. The reasons for this are:

- it can be difficult getting back in to the study regime once you've been out of it for so long. You will come back from your trip a changed person.
- you may decide not to finish your studies, and this may be a decision you regret later
- you will travel with the need to study hanging over your head like a bad smell, and this will tarnish your travel experiences to a degree.
- if you finish your studies beforehand the world will really be your oyster and you can move on and do whatever you want to do knowing that your studies are over. You may be able to find a job relevant to your studies, you may want to extend your trip, etc. Anything will be possible, and you won't be hampered by your need to complete your studies.
- you will begin your trip truly a free man.

6. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think you should finish your studies, once they are over you can go travelling. This day an age you need a degree. Even if its a third. I've finished uni and I know the competition out there. Do your three years and go from there in the end you will know you made the right decision. You need to refocus, get your grades on track and do as well as you can. Your new dream of travelling at the end of it can be your motivation. That will mean getting part time work while you are uni so you dont rack up too much debt. It can be done! Quitting lasts forever!

7. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I still say study in australia...but if you can't then finish studying at home.

Unfortunately my government and a bunch of idiot bankers gave out ridiculous loans and destroyed the world's economy. Now people are losing their jobs left right and center all over the world. Competition is going to be really tough in the coming years.

but then again you could go to OZ and meet your future wife. or you could find you love farming and want go to school for agriculture. who knows?

I guess what I'm trying to say is, Life is tough, and I'm trying to figure it out myself.

8. Posted by richdarich (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Cool Paul I agree with you 100% life is tough and will be getting tougher over the next few years. However I think being in a place where I feel so restricted to be myself and feel happy I think going to Oz would do me a world of good! Like you said alot of things could happen there.

I am def going to Oz this year and fingers crossed I am making the right decission. lol

Thanks for all your replies

9. Posted by Matt Bos (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

My 2 cents is this:
Study abroad for a semester. Come back, finish your schooling, and then decide whether or not to continue traveling.
When I first started Uni I had no desire at all to study or travel abroad. Towards the end of my college career, I decided to take a semester and study at Bond Uni on the Gold Coast for 4 months. I came back, worked harder than ever, and now I am applying to jobs in Sydney because I am restless working here in Boston!

Good luck and lemme know if you have any other Questions

10. Posted by chelseakyp (Budding Member 86 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

i think your making the right decision to go travelling, I was in australia for a year and it was the best time of my life, if i could id go back tomorrow! Uni will always be there for u to go back for and peole these days are going when they are in their 30's so dont let ur age worry you.

Have a brilliant trip! x