My gap year in Careers and Faith and Life has been like DJ Jude Boon playing at an Assembly. That’s to say a welcome distraction! Last year was pretty full on with ATAR, being a House Captain and trying to plan for life without Mum’s cooking. To have a cruisy year doing something satisfying has been fantastic for my health and wealth. I’ve been given a job and a structure which has ticked the year over nicely. I filled the time with the Year 10 Jumpstart Program, ‘Nagle Care’ and Retreat planning/implementation. Jumpstart with the Year 10s made reading essays worth it. I get to see how the students are developing and how their work experience guides their plan for the future. Nagle Care, although in its infancy, will be a valuable addition to Nagle in recognising students who help their community and might snowball into students being self-motivated in donating their time to charity organisations and non-profits. Retreats were definitely a highlight, especially the overnight camps. Getting students out of school really broke barriers between students and teachers and seeing those bonds form make me hopeful that future Nagle graduates will have an experience as a positive as mine. In reflection I would recommend other students to apply for the job, although it might not look the same in the next few years.
My plans are currently going to UWA and studying a direct pathway to a Juris Doctor. Basically, a peacock Law degree, although after a year working with tradies, plumbing looks the good! Some people think a gap year sets you back a bit uni wise, and you lose your friendships as most people move away but for me the experience I’ve gained, money I have saved, and time away from the books has been invaluable.