I know I’ve said it before, but my mind is truly the most unpredictable thing. I am in the process of planning my future – places I want to go, jobs I’d be able to get while on the go… you name it, it’s probably on by search history. The only problem about planning for the future though, the plan can be put way off course by one thing or another. Your plans might seem good, but the future is not set in stone. It is developed over time, the things we do and the choices we make. It’s how we learn and how we grow. There is a certain beauty to knowing and understanding that all we have is the here and now, knowing the future will take care of itself as long as the choices you make in the present are the helpful kind.
Today, I was doing extensive research on working holiday visas for Americans. I will definitely be writing a post with more indepth information on those at a later time, so y’all have that to look forward to! As I was doing the research, I found myself really wanting to get one of those visas, specifically to go to either New Zealand or Australia, find work there where the job market is booming (unlike it is here…) and save up what I can, and considering their minimum wages are around double the minimum wages here in America… I feel I have a lot more to gain than I have to lose.
However, there is one downside to all of this. For both of the working holiday visa destinations that I’m interested in and eligible for, there is an age cap of 30. I will be 29 when I graduate, at this rate. If I do choose to do this, I don’t want to wait until the last possible minute and feel rushed with starting the process immediately after graduation. I feel my best bet would be to take a gap year sometime in between semesters. Part of me is conflicted on that, because it throws everything off. But then again, what’s the worst that will happen? I actually have the time of my life while working abroad, and I have to put off getting my degree about a year. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and my classes will still be there when I return. I know it’s a lot to think about, but I feel like it’s something I have to experience, something I have my heart set on. Something I know I’ll regret later on if I don’t try.
Of course, school is still a top priority and I still need to save up money for this, so as much as I want to… starting the process now or even within the next year just doesn’t really make sense. I do hope to be able to do it by 2017-18.