Back in the second week of lockdown, I applied for a job as a carer for the elderly in my local community. This would involve visiting people in their homes and helping them with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and picking up prescriptions.
I think it’s safe to say that everybody’s life has been turned upside down in the last week. I meant to write this blog whilst it was still fresh in my mind, but of course, events overtook us and here I am in self-isolation trying to write about a very serious and real problem and do it justice.
Trigger warning – this blog contains references to domestic abuse and violence.
So, it’s the end of the academic year and I can’t quite believe just how quickly the last eight months have gone by.
What I’m going to share here ranges from some practical pointers (if you want more of these, particularly about saving money, have a look at my last post) to some more personal advice from one student to another.
Are you starting uni in September and worrying about how to manage your finances? Or are you a returning student wanting to avoid spending most of your student loan in the first fortnight and living on beans for the rest of the term?
The opportunity of seeing the world after finishing school is often romanticised and has been stereotyped as the 12 months in which 18-year-olds stroll about various South American countries or maybe stroke an elephant in Thailand.
I am slightly guilty of the former as I opted to go and live in Chile for the second half of my gap year when I was 19. Even if your gap year (or year abroad) is just in one country, it is so much more than just seeing new things and getting some pics for the gram.