|In Denmark, it's a tradition that the graduates drive around town in trucks for a|
couple of days to celebrate.
To be completely honest I must say that the "post-graduation coin" had a whole different side than I had expected.
In Denmark, a lot of people take a gap year after finishing their 13th or 14th year of school. I'm taking a gap year as well and have been looking very much forward to it for a long, long time. I am planning to go travel as much as possible, whilst earning a bit of extra money that I can put aside for when I start university and move out next year. Taking a gap year seems so amazing and easy when you hear other people talk about it, but from my own personal experience, I have found that it is far from true for everybody.
|My family putting on my graduation cap - you are not allowed to put it on until the moment|
after you finish your last exam.
|Me walking towards my family after my final exam - I was so happy and relieved to be done.|
My dream job for this gap year was to be a substitute teacher (in Denmark you don't need a teaching degree or anything like that to be a substitute teacher) since I thought it sounded like an amazing opportunity to work with people, and not just sit at a cash register for 10 hours a day (been there, done that). But the job as a substitute teacher is a bit of an uncertain job because you have to be ready to step in at any moment the school needs you or else they probably won't call you again. This small catch can make it quite difficult to earn money if you are just spending weeks on end walking around with your phone in your hand waiting for the school to call you, because the time you spend waiting for them to call is time you could spend at another job - which was almost exactly what I did. But the great thing is that once they call you and you step in, they are most likely going to call you again.
Since I wasn't sure whether I was going to get any phone calls from the schools I had applied to, I applied for a job at a gas station in my town - and I got the job. I worked at the gas station for about two weeks, and I felt so miserable, not because the gas station was a bad place to work the staff was amazing and so kind, it just wasn't for me, but I held on to it, because if I let it go, I wouldn't be making any money at all - even though all I really wanted to do was to be a substitute teacher. It took about two weeks until a school in my area called and asked me to substitute and I was so thrilled. Right now I have had almost three weeks working at the school every single day, and I'm loving it! In the end, I also had to quit the job at the gas station because I would never get any sleep if I had to work night shifts and go to the school the next day + it wasn't a job for me (but I would never let that be a reason to quit unless I'd had the job at the school). That is just how it is sometimes, you live and you learn, and in these past five weeks I have learned a lot about myself and my personality, and that knowledge is definitely going to benefit me in the future. I also know that I'm probably going to learn a lot more about myself during this gap year.
|Me and my amazing girlfriends with our graduation caps on|
All in all, you could say that my gap year had a bit of a slow start, but that slow start taught me a lot of things about myself, and now my gap year is finally taking flight and I'm so excited for all of the things that I get to experience this year. I'm also not regretting not starting university right away anymore, because then I wouldn't be able to work as a substitute teacher, get to travel, get to find out what I enjoy doing (after 13 years of school, you kind of forget what you like to do in your free time) and a bunch of other things which I'm sure is to come.