About Me

Hola Amigos!

My name is Barry Sun, I am a dog enthusiast, aspiring entrepreneur, and the author of Productive Gap Year. I enjoy traveling the world, amaetur astornomy, cooking, audiobooks, and spending time with my wonderful dog Nikko. 

Since you’ve found your way here,  you probably realize that taking a gap year could be beneficial for you. Whether you’re graduating from high school and not sure if college is right for you. Or burnt out from studying in college. It’s never too late to take a year off and explore what your passions are. My blog is dedicated for those that wish to take a productive gap year. 

I graduated from high school in 2017. At the time I thought I had it all figured out: go to a great university, study a high demand major, and get a great job afterwards. During sometime in my 2nd semester of freshman year. I was studying finance but I realized I despised climbing the corporate ladder and working 50+ hour weeks. I could not possibly imagine myself sitting in a cubicle slaving my life away for a salary. This might sound corny, but life is short gosh darn it. I’m certainly not going to spend half of my life doing something I’m not passionate about. So I decided to take a gap year after finishing up freshman year, to explore my options. I have started this blog to journey my gap year adventures and hold myself responsible for making my gap year as productive as it can be.


My 2018 Goals and Plans

May to July – I am currently working on this blog and researching on workaway to find a suitable host for my farmstay. 

July to September – My goal is to utilize workaway to offset my accommodation and food costs. So I will be financially prepared to travel across Asia. During my farmstay I hope to acquire new skills like gardening, aquaponics, permaculture, homesteading, self-reliance, and self-sufficient living. 

October to December –  I plan to go to China for 2-3 weeks to visit my grandfather. After China I plan to go to Thailand for a couple of weeks. 

My biggest goal and main focus would be productivegapyear.com and self improvement. Taking a gap year has really showed me what my priorities are and has opened a new perspective for me. 

Bucket List for 2018

1. Go Skydiving

2. Volunteer at a Elephant Sanctuary

3. Zipline

4. Experience life on a farm/homestead

5. Take a roadtrip across the U.S.

6. Backpack and camp with my dog 

7. Eat more exoctic foods

8. Learn how to do a handstand

9. Develop an app

10. Become proficient in spanish 

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