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My Uni Experience:
So far, my University experience has been nothing to what I expected. I remember the adrenaline before starting because I thought these were going to be the best years of my life. I mean, I have had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories but… there’s more than what meets the eye.
I know it’s childish, but I had expected that University would be somewhat close to what they show on TV. WRONG. I thought I would have a long list of societies that I would have joined, endless friends as well as always eating on campus. The truth is, as soon as I hit campus, my mind is already ready to go home. Lectures are another level of boring. It’s so disappointing because they don’t help on letting me love my chosen course. If anything, I would describe University as draining.
My experience has been a little different as in the UK, you study your chosen course for 3 years (average) from the age of 18 and above. Now, I originally picked BA English as I love English. I was told all my life to study something you love at University. As I do not know what I want to be, I thought why not? WRONG. It is annoying that our life has to be ‘decided’ at the age of 18 for some because you’re not always thinking practically. In this case, studying English is open, however, if I wanted to excel, it would be a little harder and longer. So, a year went by and the course was a waste of money (will get into this later). I decided to make the leap and change to LLB Law as I thought it would be more challenging and useful for the future. So, I’m back in the first year of University again.
People need to stop shoving University down people’s throats…
Yuup, you heard that right. The one thing I hate is being made to feel like there is only one option, only one way of doing things. From most schools that I’ve heard from, University is literally brainwashed into everyone’s mind as the only route after college/Sixth Form. Don’t get me wrong, the experience and knowledge are great, but most of it is independent work (which you can do at home) and wasting money. From the moment I entered Sixth Form, I was always made to feel if I do not attend University, there is no way of making it ‘big’. They refrain from educating you on the other methods that will allow you to get your dream job. It is their mission to have statistics that show they have students in ‘good’ Universities. Puh-lease. If the efforts were spent on educating about other means, I believe people would be happier not going to University and reaching their desired goal.
A waste of money…
Considering what I said earlier about wasting money, I’m referring to not feeling like your course is worth the tuition you are paying. I joined University when the rates were £9,000 a year. So, I was studying BA English, at University for 6 hours a week (bear in mind I used to spend longer in a day at Sixth Form). Those 6 hours were spent on 3 days in the week, leaving Tuesday and Wednesday off. If you’re anything like me, having too many days off makes you lazy. The reason is that you’re used to not doing anything so the thought of having to go in for 1 or 2 hours is long. Some weeks, the hours may vary by 2 hours extra. In the end, I was not really ever on campus as much as someone who studies science and requires the lab and all the high-tech equipment. That’s initially what made me feel like I’m wasting my time and money.
Check out UniStats to compare several Universities based on how you are taught and if you’re curious as to how much you will make. This helped in deciding what courses have less exam and more coursework so University worked for me.
Why should you go University?
I believe if you generally want to go University, by all means, enjoy yourself. However, if you feel like you’re being forced or you have no other option, carry out a little more research because there is a chance you would dread your choice.
In my opinion, I think University is only really useful if you’re studying a degree to do with Science, Law or Journalism to get into Sky Sports (and many others) which require that level of knowledge to gain that job. Of course, University is always there, if you have a change of mind with your future job, you can always go back to it. If you do decide to use University as a filler (like me), make a wise choice about your course so you’re not wasting your money.
I also learnt that distance is not everything! If you’re keen on leaving home, it is worth reconsidering the cost of travelling home. I love being independent at University, that is definitely one of the best things. But, my choice of distance was not far, however, if there’s an emergency, tickets can cost £80 on the day (£59 with a railcard) which is a hit to a student’s bank account.
Is University worth it?
If I could go back in time, I would have put in a lot more research to what I want to do when I am older so I do not have to go University. It really sucks that people as young as 18 have to make decisions that are for their future, most of the time, decisions are made based on those around them (i.e. parents or school).
With anything in life, I believe you gain a better outcome when you want to do something. I won’t allude to the likes of Richard Branson as we have heard it all before (although I do appreciate his work ethic) but it is true, the future is not always a straight path, there are many ways to get where you want to be. Sometimes, your path changes and you figure out you prefer the new rather than the old. So, if you generally feel like University is not for you or you want to change your course, do not feel pressured by anyone as in the end, the future is yours! If you aren’t sure, research more and potentially save your coins sis x
*All opinions are mine
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