time-slippingI often find myself fantasising about vacations and fun stuff, and sometimes worried thinking that I am not involved in enough things at school or the workforce. On the phone, I was planning a Euro Trip for the summer. But my aunt reminded me of something — that I only have a few summers left before I apply to grad school or want a job. This meant there were only about 3 – 4 times I would have the opportunity to have 4 months off school. This also meant I should use my time wisely. In the following years, I need to get experience; trying to get experience last minute will be impossible. But getting work experience doesn’t mean you can’t travel. And it doesn’t necessarily mean its costly. 

I spent two months in Morocco volunteering after high school. The program costs were $1500 which included accommodation AND food…. which is more expensive than my rent and food costs here in Montreal. and my plane ticket was $700. Since I planned on not spending too much money and focusing merely on volunteering when there, I budgeted about $30 a week, which worked fine in Morocco. In essence, those 2 months were probably cheaper than being in Montreal (or just a liiittllle more expensive).

The point is, do whats important in this time period in your life, WHILE doing things you love doing. And even if you don’t get to ‘travel’ or do what you like for a summer or two, and rather work or get volunteer experience or whatnot in montreal or wherever, who cares! Using your time wisely in these short years of your undergrad will pay off in this competitive world of graduate/law/medical school admissions.

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