We’ve teamed up with Western Sydney University to let you have the best of both worlds with their Mid-Year Entry option. Check their Mid Year Information Day on May 20 to see how you can have your cake and eat it too.


But a whole bloody year? I dunno about that.

Like most people, I packed my bags and went to Europe straight after my HSC. I was meant to go indefinitely (or until my two-year working visa shrivelled) but came home after six months. 

Below is why I urge you to do the same. 

YOU WON’T THROW AWAY YOUR LIFE SAVINGS

The biggest obstacle when it comes to venturing overseas is money. You need mountains of it, even if you’re doing it with budget airlines and hostels.

But, if you cut your trip in half, it’s going to cost you only half of the assumed amount. It’s not rocket science. Plus, you won’t have to be that friend who sacrifices their social life for savings.


IT’LL GET YOUR ‘RENTS OFF YOUR CASE

Parents love the hell out of you. It’s annoying, sometimes nice, but that protective nature can get them on your back.

How will you afford it? Where will you stay? Who will you go with?
It’ll be a much smoother convincing process if you go for six months instead of a year. They’re going to miss you. Be fair to them. 


YOUR EYES WILL REMAIN ON THE PRIZE

A whole year is a bloody long time. But breaking that in half means that you can still keep sight of your bigger goals, like your career.

You might think that returning home mid-year will screw up your chances of studying that year, but if you enrol mid-year with Western Sydney University, and top it off with a Summer Session, it’ll be as if you never had six months off at all.

They’re holding their Mid Year Information Day on May 20 if you wanna see how you can both travel and study, plus, you also get digital textbooks for free for your first year, so they money you spent abroad won’t haunt / hinder you too much. There’s a reason this place is in the top 100 universities under 50 years of age. 

TIME WILL BE WELL SPENT

You know the feeling when you go on holiday and you just ~hang~ because you’ve already done everything on your itinerary? You can Netflix and chill back at home.

But the point is, the more time you have, the more you waste. Time restraints = time efficiency and putting every darn second to good use. 


YOU’LL HAVE A WHOLE LOT MORE FUN

Going somewhere for a year becomes more a complete lifestyle change than an extended holiday. And after doing whatever it is that you’ve been doing, we’re guessing you need a legit vaycay and not to jump right back into the daily grind.

So many people undertake work o/s with the aim of routine, usually paying only a fraction of what you get back home, and where’s the logic in that? Sit back, relax and hey, maybe even run with some bulls, prost some beer or pretend to hold up a falling tower while you’re at it.

Sometimes less is more.

Photo: Into The Wild.