Last year I made the decision to take time off from education. I think a big part of why I did this was because I needed to figure out who I was away from education and the whole routine I had been following for the past 15 years. Another reason was because I needed time to sort through some things that would have (and already had) affected my academic performance.
It wasn’t easy because so many people that I knew were heading off to uni and starting new lives in new cities. It’s always difficult when it seems like you’re the only one that is missing out. I was in my home city and nothing was really going as I thought it would. I felt lost because my life had no structure and I had no idea where or who I would be when September 2015 rolled around.
However it wasn’t all bad by a long-shot because over the past year I’ve had some cool experiences and met amazing people (that kinda changed my life) that I would have probably never crossed paths with. Overall I’ve discovered more about who I am in the past 12 months (through trials and MANY errors) than I had in the previous 5 years (whilst trying to maintain an image of infallibility).
I think I learned what it means to let go.
So this was my first week back at school and I have begun studying for a career in Civil Engineering. I’m in a class with mostly fellas as girls don’t tend to go down this path but I don’t mind. I’ve already made a promise to myself that I won’t get distracted by anything (or anyone). I’m ready to be focused, work hard and learn about things that excite me.