Back to the UK
This journey began 6 months ago when Natalia, a girl in my college calculus class, introduced me to the SWAP (Student Work Abroad) program. SWAP partners with similar programs in countries around the world and arranges for students to take gap years abroad. They help with technicalities like work visas, job hunting, etc.
Only 7 months since I had come home from my Contiki trip and questioning whether geology was the path for me, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. The road was calling to me. Natalia and SWAP turned up at just the right time.
As a kind of compromise with my parents I applied for a couple of programs at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) before committing to SWAP. I was waitlisted for both and promptly began saving my pennies and picking up extra shifts at work whenever I could.
The school year is over, my tickets are booked, and my year of living abroad is about to begin!! I bought a one-year return ticket to London, booked a hostel and packed my bags. Natalia has already left for her year in Germany, but I’m planning on visiting her once I’m in Europe.
Tonight, I leave for a year abroad. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited or nervous about something before in my life!