E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Time to relax

Time to relax

At last, time to relax. Is this what a 'Gap Year' is all about?

Many young people now take a 'Gap Year' after completing their A-levels and before embarking on a three year degree course. For some it's become something like the Grand Tour, and they visit exotic locations and bring home trophies and souveniers. For others it's an opportunity to earn some money to help towards the high costs of attending university.

Whatever they do it's time to catch a breath, and relax a bit, take stock and make decisions without the pressure of exams.

Good luck, and well done, to all those who have just finished their A-level and GCSE exams. I hope results-day in August brings a true reflection of your ability, application and hard work.

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Time to relax

At last, time to relax. Is this what a 'Gap Year' is all about?

Many young people now take a 'Gap Year' after completing their A-levels and before embarking on a three year degree course. For some it's become something like the Grand Tour, and they visit exotic locations and bring home trophies and souveniers. For others it's an opportunity to earn some money to help towards the high costs of attending university.

Whatever they do it's time to catch a breath, and relax a bit, take stock and make decisions without the pressure of exams.

Good luck, and well done, to all those who have just finished their A-level and GCSE exams. I hope results-day in August brings a true reflection of your ability, application and hard work.

.....

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
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comments (23)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 29 Jun 2007, 00:52
It's a hard life indeed. Nicely spotted Ellie. I really must take more people shots. I had a mini burst a while back, but have drifted back into my old ways of concentrating on places and things. I need more humanity!
EJWilkins: I don't do many people shots either, too scared about getting lynched, but this chap was oblivious to anybody around him. Nice to see he'd only got bottled water too wink
A good catch, Ellie, and perfect for the occasion. An interesting place for a nap, isn't it?
EJWilkins: It was beneath a huge, and I mean huge, statue. Even so, not somewhere I'd have chosen, not even on a sunny day.
Aside from Exams. We all need a break from it all. Precisely how i feel nowadays. Id like to just be able to relax like this model and concentrate on that inward spiritual journey that guarantees peace. Never underestimate the power of your pictures. This speaks volumes to me.
EJWilkins: It'd be nice to take that sort of break and relax, I do so agree. Got to say I'm surprised by your comment about power of my pictures, I always think other people's are so much more interesting and thought-provoking. So thanks smile
It would be fun to travel, but you'd need to be a person of means to do it. I'm not sure it would be fun to "take a break" in order to work, though it would certainly help with financing.
EJWilkins: It's amazing how cheaply some young people manage to do their travelling. One group clubbed together and bought an old camper van, did it up and then had a wonderful time driving round Europe for a month or so. Afterwards were more motivated to save for their university tuition/accommodation fees. Some others went to India and worked in a school, then travelled on around that part of the world. I don't know how they managed with only a rucksack, brings a whole new meaning to travelling light. I don't think I'd ever have had the courage to do that.
  • Kay
  • 29 Jun 2007, 05:05
Well put, Ellie! I love this image too.
EJWilkins: Thanks Kay smile
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • 29 Jun 2007, 06:13
Lovely image, Ellie - I am always intrigued by images that I cannot work out when looking at today's photoblog thumb-nails, and like it even more when the photo was not what I expected.
EJWilkins: I hadn't a clue what you meant, but the thumbnail almost looks as if it's somebody behind bars. Oops! Good to hear you like the picture. smile
Nice one Ellie, and a sweet message for all the students of the world.
EJWilkins: Thanks Florence smile
I`m wondering when I will get my `gap` year. lol! (:o)
EJWilkins: Mine will be in a few years time wink
This a lovely shot Ellie . A nice message to students all over the world .. I never had a gap year I wish I could have one now though !!
EJWilkins: You could take a sabbatical, some people do. wink
My neice told me yesterday that that is exactly what she is planning to do . We don't have a special name for it....just that she's taking a year off.
EJWilkins: Good luck to her, I hope she enjoys herself whatever it is she does.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Jun 2007, 13:33
Gap year was called sowing wild oats in the olden days. Do your wild thing and get it over with so that you can join society as a normal human.

Gap year has taken a few interesting form here in SA. The most popular is to go work a year in the UK - some bring some money home afterwards and others blow it all. Next group donate a year's worth of vineyard labour to their church - this is many times combined with excellent 'realise who you are' programs for later life. The third type is to do a post-matric year - classes have the same goal as the religious ones but are provided at school and are more secular by nature.

So did you survive yesterday evening?

BTW lovely capture. Must have had a hard evening the previous day smile
EJWilkins: It was, wasn't it. I'd forgotten about oat sowing wink A lot of young people do voluntary work abroad, depending on where their interest lies and of course how much it costs ... work first to get the cash together.
Yes, we're surviving, it's quite nice here just now. A lovely Leaver's Dinner (parents + offspring) at school in Wednesday, Leaver's Day yesterday, with an unfortunate exam in the afternoon, then a meal-out treat for us yesterday evening. This evening started with a bow tie worry, ready for a formal 'bash' at a posh hotel somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Tomorrow it'll probably rain again, but who cares?
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 29 Jun 2007, 14:44
Good catch, thank God all the University thing is over for me, at least I think, always looking to do something degree wise in Photography but not 100% sure if I would learn much sad

Suby
EJWilkins: It's only worth going to University if there's something on offer that's of benefit. I was talking to a young chap recently, he'd got a Photography degree and is finding it impossible to get work because employers want people with experience. He thought he'd probably have done better working as an assistant and doing a C&G course part time. Have you thought of joining one of the professional associations, that way you get letters after your name, and they're impressive they are. wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 29 Jun 2007, 14:54
For all us "professional students" out there, a gap year sounds very good, doesn't it! smile

Actually, Ellie, you're raising a good point for students today who have many more choices than the earlier generations and therefore are often overwhelmed. When my ex-husband and I worked with university students years ago, it was nothing for a student to change his major THREE times. That was normal. Just think of the "waste" of good money at university to then have to spend extra years to get through!

We often said that a kid should work after high school to get a feel for what he/she wanted to do. The problem with that, however, is that they may then not go on to university and then will miss out altogether on the added education that often is so necessary in our world today.
EJWilkins: I think it sounds good too! wink
Good point about changing courses, those who go straight from school do seem to change their minds more than those who leave it a year and go PQA (post qualification application). The applications have to go in so early (autumn) that even if they change their mind during the last year at school it can be too late, and they waste time and money doing something they don't particularly like. The year's grace has been a bit of a bonus for us, more settled in what's going to happen and if anything more determined to make it happen. smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 29 Jun 2007, 14:54
Forgot to say that I LOVE the symbollic capture you have presented today!
EJWilkins: Thank you smile
It's funny for me to discover this picture the very day I signed for a job after a long time unemployed!!
Nice shot indeed. Regards, Laurence
EJWilkins: Oh well done, congratulations.

... and for me, today, I got a picture taken by a local council for publication smile
Very appropriate image - and a nice capture too - really gets the mood. Mike
EJWilkins: That's what I thought, thanks smile
...got to like a pic like this on a friday, after having some really busy days at work...but delivering above expected grin

Hope the weekend will treat you good smile
EJWilkins: You're right, I hadn't thought about it being a Friday too. I hope your weekend is a good one, and I hope ours is a dry one ...with no rain! wink
Lol smile Funny and smiling - Perfect composition too !!
EJWilkins: Thanks Zeb, it breaks the 'rules' a bit though, because he's in the middle of the picture wink
Nice candid. All the best, Dave
EJWilkins: Thanks Dave smile
Beautiful shot
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 6 Jul 2007, 20:45
Not so thoughtlessly positioned, this one, as the steps don't seem to lead anywhere anyone would want to (or could) go. But have you noticed how almost all steps everywhere - to the library, to the department store, whatever - are covered with youths who obstinately refuse to budge to allow you access?
Is a good shot and it is very different from which you have to us customary! Bravo, Ellie!
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