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    I am*currently in year 13 and have decided to take a gapyear as there is no chance of me getting into my chosen course(optometry), I will apply next year as i'll have my grades ready which will hopefully be AAA. Can anyone give me any advice about what to do in my gap year?I cant volunteer abroad as im not really allowed or financially*ready for that right now..any ideas on what i can do ? Has anyone taken a gap year and got in?How was the application process? Doesnt need to be optom related btw thanksss
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    I am*currently in year 13 and have decided to take a gapyear as there is no chance of me getting into my chosen course(optometry), I will apply next year as i'll have my grades ready which will hopefully be AAA. Can anyone give me any advice about what to do in my gap year?I cant volunteer abroad as im not really allowed or financially*ready for that right now..any ideas on what i can do ? Has anyone taken a gap year and got in?How was the application process? Doesnt need to be optom related btw thanksss
    Don't know much specifically about optometry related stuff, but some other suggestions:

    - Get a job - you'll really appreciate the extra cash at uni and it can be useful work experience (helping customers, being reliable, etc. - even if it's unrelated to other jobs you're applying for)
    - Volunteer locally - may not sound as fun as volunteering abroad, but can be much more helpful for the local community (many volunteer abroad programs actually are detrimental to the people they're supposedly trying to help...). Again, great work experience whatever career you end up in, and just generally shows you're a nice person. Check out: local charity shops, schools, old people's homes, sports clubs, etc. they all want volunteers
    - Look at fully funded opportunities abroad - e.g. NCS, although often these actually just involve you doing a lot of fundraising yourself beforehand so aren't entirely free...
    - Prepare for your university studies - try and read around your subject by subscribing to relevant publications (e.g. if there's a national society for Optometry then subscribe to their magazine), reading online blogs, etc. as well as occasionally reviewing your A level notes. You can also look into the many free online courses ("MOOCs, e.g. websites like Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, etc.) and see if any there are helpful to you too
    - Go travelling - you mentioned that finances are a bit restrictive, but if you save up some money through a part time job you could spend some time travelling and having a break. You can travel for very cheap through inter railing or visiting cheaper countries such as many south east asian countries
    - Teach English - if you're really keen on opportunities abroad, look into TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications and you can earn money while you travel! Does involve spending quite a long time in each location though (and some countries require degrees to grant you the visa, so you'd be quite restricted on where you could go) and you'd have to love working with kids
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    Don't know much specifically about optometry related stuff, but some other suggestions:

    - Get a job - you'll really appreciate the extra cash at uni and it can be useful work experience (helping customers, being reliable, etc. - even if it's unrelated to other jobs you're applying for)
    - Volunteer locally - may not sound as fun as volunteering abroad, but can be much more helpful for the local community (many volunteer abroad programs actually are detrimental to the people they're supposedly trying to help...). Again, great work experience whatever career you end up in, and just generally shows you're a nice person. Check out: local charity shops, schools, old people's homes, sports clubs, etc. they all want volunteers
    - Look at fully funded opportunities abroad - e.g. NCS, although often these actually just involve you doing a lot of fundraising yourself beforehand so aren't entirely free...
    - Prepare for your university studies - try and read around your subject by subscribing to relevant publications (e.g. if there's a national society for Optometry then subscribe to their magazine), reading online blogs, etc. as well as occasionally reviewing your A level notes. You can also look into the many free online courses ("MOOCs, e.g. websites like Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, etc.) and see if any there are helpful to you too
    - Go travelling - you mentioned that finances are a bit restrictive, but if you save up some money through a part time job you could spend some time travelling and having a break. You can travel for very cheap through inter railing or visiting cheaper countries such as many south east asian countries
    - Teach English - if you're really keen on opportunities abroad, look into TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications and you can earn money while you travel! Does involve spending quite a long time in each location though (and some countries require degrees to grant you the visa, so you'd be quite restricted on where you could go) and you'd have to love working with kids
    OH MY GOD THANKKK YOUUU! Also, did you by any chance take a gap year?if yes for what course and uni did you go toin the end?
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    OH MY GOD THANKKK YOUUU! Also, did you by any chance take a gap year?if yes for what course and uni did you go toin the end?
    I didn't in the end, was thinking of it if I didn't get into my top choice uni though and I have loads of friends at Cambridge who took gap years I did however take a kind of gap year in the middle of my degree (a year abroad, but one that wasn't anything to do with my degree, technically I had to take a gap year from my course to do it) and I had a fantastic time
 
 
 
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