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Gap Year Snobs

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
Just wanted to ask everyone who's having Freshers Weeks at the moment (or indeed anyone at uni) if it is actually true that there's a group of people who all took gap years who all hang around together wearing ethnic jewellery and beginning all their sentences with "when I was backpacking in the Himalayas......" Am I destined to become one of them?!!!!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Not if you backpacked in Guatamalo :) or Timbuctoo or the Outback...or...or...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yes and No. It's probably not their fault, as when applying for accomodation you get grouped into flats etc by your interests, so the accomodation people will go, 'Oh look all these girls did gap years, they're bound to get on', when in fact it may be all they have in common and thus all they have to talk about with each other...

    Once you get past their 'I've been to India' outfits, most of them are actually decent people :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by SuperCharger
    Not if you backpacked in Guatamalo :) or Timbuctoo or the Outback...or...or...

    lol!!!

    I think you'll be fine, don't worry. ;)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Depends which uni you are at, but when I introduced myself to my next door neighbour in halls last year she said hello and was quite nice until she saw another girl and exclaimed 'I had that very same backpack when I was touring (insert third world nation here)' and she shoved past me, said 'bye sarah' and we never spoke again.
    I'm not called Sarah......
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i think that i would be the best person to answer this post

    I have just started university and took a gap year. Thus, they have put me in a hall flat with others who have done gap years. What you have to remember is that not everyone who took a gap year travelled to some obscure place. There are a true mix of us, some who travelled, some who worked, some who went to college etc. And, its surprising but we all get on very well, at the moment anyway. Therefore i think you are worrying unnecessarily
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah...there are people like me who worked in WHSmiths for a year and feel very silly next to people who went to Africa to save starving children...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    we sooooooooooo have that at my uni. I'm the only person in my english class that didnt travel before coming here, and one of two people who didn't have a gap year

    Its not that I'm bitter or anything - I've always known that I could EITHER go travelling OR go to uni not both as funds won't stretch that far - but I do feel a tad left out at times when everyone's talking about the wonderful places they've been to and the things they've seen and done.

    Ah well, one day. When I'm famous and rich and know everything and pigs fly on rainbow coloured wings in an aquamarine sky (hmmmmm that sounds like a song lyric - is it??? It might just be me subconciously nicking someone else's brilliant [?] rhyme here)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hang on, ive taken a year out to WORK and earn some much needed money, so technically im on a gap year. But does this mean when im applying for accomodation they'll stick me in a flat with Tarquin and Synthia who've been to Mongolia rescuing drowning cats and planting trees?

    I'd rather be with some other "common" students! :confused:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by lennon
    stick me in a flat with Tarquin

    Oi! Leave Dom out of this. :p

    Ooh, I've been waiting years to say that!
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