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    I'm in my last year of A-levels, with exams looming.

    The prospect of a gap year has always been one that I was attracted too, but never gave much thought. I applied to Uni this year, gaining all my offers, eventually firming Bristol and having Manchester as my insurance as it had the lowest entry. For the past 2 weeks during the easter holidays, I worked a full time schedule. My logic was that I'd save enough money so I didn't have to work between now and June so I could fully revise.

    However, I loved it. I loved making good money at a job I enjoy, coming home and having nothing but free time on my hands. I feverishly looked into a gap year, and I'm 80% sure I want to do it. I could earn some money, not have the constant stress of exams and revision, do things I've always wanted like learn a new language or instrument, travel whatever. Furthermore, I'm not 100% sure I want to study what I've applied for. I've applied for Philosophy, but I've been wondering whether I should do it joint honours with Economics or ab initio language. The free time in a gap year would allow me to possibly get work experience in a range of fields, and maybe I'll find a new passion. Finally, I feel if the real world crushes me into misery, I'll have the realization that I need to study hard or life will be hard forever. Sure, it will suck, but at least I will get some experience in the real world before heading to Uni somebody who thinks they can fluke their way through life.
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    Go for it, just concentrate on getting good grades for now

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