This week we catch up with Dan Goodburn who spent his gap year in 2014 in Scotland. We asked him 5 quick questions about his gap year experience with Letz Live.
Q. Where and when did you spend your gap year overseas?
A. I spent 2014 on my gap year in a prep-school in Scotland located about an hour north from Edinburgh.
Q. What is your fondest memory of your time overseas?
A. My fondest memory of the whole year, was kayaking through underwater caves along the coastline of Portugal in my summer break. And at the school, it was having the opportunity to coach various sports, and to be involved with various extracurricular activities with the school such as excursions.
Q. Where are you now / what are you doing?
A. Now, I am living on the Gold Coast, currently completing a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. I work at Balter Brewery, and am involved with working on the bar, in packaging and logistics, and also events.
Q. How did a gap year (positively or negatively) assist you when you returned home and in later life?
A. Although there were some negative moments throughout the year with missing family at various stages or disagreements with fellow staff members, I only took positives from the year as a whole, and it has been a pivotal turning point in my maturity and general development as a person. It has taught me responsibility, discipline, working hard, how to develop professional relationships, selflessness, the best ways to deal with difficult people and so much more.
Q. What advice would you give to those considering a gap year?
A. The advice I would give is to make the most of every minute and opportunity presented to you. Be a “yes” man, (or woman) and you will be favoured for it. I adopted that mentality and was often invited to ski trips, field trips to the city to see plays, movies etc. Don’t just live for the holidays. Yes, traveling through Europe is amazing, but the experiences and lessons you learn through your work at your school will be just as enjoyable/beneficial, or even more so.
Q. Would you do a gap year again?
A. Without question. It’ll be the best thing you ever do.