Big Ol Plans and All

      So, in the last post I introduced what I WASN’T going to be doing next semester. Now I think that this would be the appropriate time to list some of my ideas for what I WILL do. Take note, I am certainly not planning to use this blog to bore ya’ll to tears with the logistics of my adventure year. No, no, no – this will be the place for stories, tips, adventures, moments, and generally shareable type information. But there are some formalities that we must get out the way. So bear with me for a week or so – kay?

       I think gap years are often associated with clueless rich kids. As I begin to do more research, I am starting to see why. There are so many great programs out available! You can teach English in Nepal or build wells in Zimbabwe or ride elephants in Thailand or feed Kangaroos in Australia… sometimes the options seem overwhelming.  Traveling for a year sounds great and all, but there is one teensy weeny problem – it costs some major bucks. Each of those programs is WAY out of my price range.

       No matter. Ain’t nobody ever said that having adventures costs money. I’m gonna do this gap year thing like a boss, and I am going to support myself. I am still planning on traveling, but I’ll probably spend the majority of the year working in order to finance my trips. That DOES NOT MEAN that the time I spent at home is non adventure time. The whole year is an adventure year. UNDERSTAND? Yes. (P.S. I am talking to myself here, not you. Forgive me. I will try to avoid these rather self centered asides int the future).

THE PLAN…

( of course adventures often come when your least expecting it. So all of these plans are subject to major changes).

May – July

  • Graduate high school and host a joint homeschool grad party
  • Finish documentary project with my lil sis and attend National History Day in Washington D.C. 
  • Boston graduation trip with my big sissy 
  • Greenville N.C. trip for my bestest friend 
  • Cross country drive to Cali for my big brother’s bible school graduation and relative visits
  • Bible Camp counselor 
  • College Bible camp in Georgia
August-December 
  • Become a licensed Real Estate Agent 
  • Find a part time job outside the house ( preferably something kinda coolish)
  • Work in customer service for my Dad’s small company 
  • Work on getting my novel published
  • Teach a homeschool geography class
  • Make this bloggity blog awesome
  • Volunteer with a Christian club at the local university 
  • Find somewhere awesome to volunteer ( raptor rehabilitation, sailboat rentals and lessons, Horse farm, and Children’s home are just the few in our area that I am interested in)
  • Stay actively involved in church activities 
  • Self study courses I’ve always been interested in: Church History, World Religions, Car Maintenance, Flute, etc…
  • Work on an epic literature list 
  • Work through an epic cooking challenges list ( baked alaska and french macaroons are just a few of the things I am pretty stoked about)
  • Learn how to sail at the local boat club
January – June 
Hopefully by this time I will have built a small fortune working my jobs and will be able to do some adventures abroad. Here are a few of my many many ideas: 
  • Get a job in London and live with some friends I know
  • Get a job on a cruise ship for four months or so
  • Travel Switzerland, Italy, France, and Germany with friends who are studying abroad there
  • Work on getting my TEFL ( teaching english as a foreign language) certification in Italy while perfecting my Italian 
  • Finally become confident in Italian! 
  • Visit Israel and take an intensive language course at Tel Aviv University (Hebrew or Arabic)
  • Do a work/volunteer program in a third world country 
  • Intern at the US Embassy in Mongolia 
I think my main goals for the abroad part of adventure year would be to finally drop my monolingual title. The easiest way to do that would be to study Italian in Italy, since I already have a pretty strong base in that language. I could try to just visit with friends, but a longer time would be more ideal. Maybe I could work as an AuPair? 
The possibilities are endless. If you have any thoughts, comments, suggestions – feel free to throw em at me. I am at that perfect part of life that most people call the IDEA STAGE. Sometimes I wish I could just live here. Possibilities make me happy. 
It is a pretty ambitious plan, no? Here are my ultimate goals: 
  1. Become a licensed real estate agent 
  2. Gain real world work experience 
  3. Become bi-lingual 
  4. Become a published novelist 
  5. Work on my literature list
  6. Enrich my education through classes I could never take anywhere else
  7. Prepare for college by applying for scholarships and figuring out where I want to go
  8. Travel to another country 
  9. Learn to sail, juggle, and cook meat perfectly
  10. Gain meaningful experiences through teaching and volunteering 
  11. Become a licensed TEFL teacher 
  12. Go backpacking overnight
  13. Become a licensed skipper 
  14. Become a self defense expert
  15. Gain Christ
Ambitious?  Yes. 
Impossible?  No. 
Excited? You betcha. 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

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