The 365 Docobites crew ponder the notion of the “Gap Year” as they talk to Tristan, a young USA traveller, in Vis, Croatia. #mindthegap
I wanted to get pushed out of my comfort zone
So, what’s this Gap year all about?
A mass opinion of gap years is that they’re indulgent – that they can delay a young person’s career, hold people back, are a sign of weakness or represent a lack of focus and direction. In school, students feel a pressure to commit to a kind of life before they have begun living it. The reality is, most kids coming out of school are directionless and absent of a passion for something they are certain they want to follow through with. The worst thing is that they are concerned and ashamed that they don’t have a passion they would be prepared to commit there lives, let alone 3-5 years and a whole lot of money, to. Rather than guessing what the value of a gap year might be let us take a minute to hear the thoughts from someone who decided that rather than committing to a degree he would commit to the gap.
Tristan, a young traveller from the USA, has been on the road for 18 months and is planning on walking into his first college lecture in September later this year. When we meet him in Vis, he may be sailing Croatia now, but he has also travelled through Asia, Europe and spent 3 months in the New Zealand wilderness to add some, “breadth,” to his experience.
He decided to use his Gap year not only as a chance to drink, party, meet girls and dance all night but he also consciously committed to using it as a time to grow. He spent three months in the bush with none of the“necessities” we average folk, “can’t live without” to purposely feel uncomfortable. He shares the many wonderful realisations and life skills he has learnt from being a nomad, including his attitude to learning which might just leave you thinking about your own future.
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About 365 docobites…
The 365 docobites team, Epiphany & Carl, are travelling across five continents for an entire year to introduce the 365 docobites community to a “stranger a day” via a vlog of short and shorter documentaries.
Each docobite will be as unique as the stranger it features, allowing their identity to drive the content. Whether we’re with a stranger for a moment or a day, 365 docobites will capture the essence of that time in their life; humorous or horrific, dramatic or delightful.
What do these people look like?
What do they think about?
What makes them laugh, cry, scream and shout?
What is life like for the strangers of the world?
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