Is University For You?

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Is university for you?

In September I started university with third year entry into social science and media course and since beginning I have had so many people ask me about uni; the pros and cons of attending, the jump into third year, if I would have liked to have taken a gap year and so on and so forth, so I decided to pop them all on here and help out anyone questioning whether university is where they should be going.

First off the reason behind attending university is obviously to further your education, get qualifications and get a job in your chosen field. So to begin I would say make sure you know what you want to do in life, know what makes your stomach rumble, what you dream about each night, that is the only thing you should pursue in life.  

I have witnessed so many people enter into courses at university and within weeks have began to feel like they have made the biggest mistake of their life, but they stick it out because they don't want to be seen as 'a failure' or they don't want to ruin a year of free education (Scotland) or the money they spent on the course (elsewhere).

I think the best thing to do is start off knowing exactly what you are going for, do research, is the course what you want to do? The coursework? The class subjects? The outcome? Compare similar courses, definitely don't just scroll down the page then pop it into your UCAS application.

Also think about travel and accommodation in advance. How long will you be travelling if you stay at home, how much is accommodation to live on campus, what about flat shares. These things can definitely help to make sure you have the best time at university as travelling 2 hours a day is no fun and a waste of time, but if you have to work two jobs to afford the rent then you'll have no time to actually study or have fun!

Is it for you?
Okay, so the topic of this post is finding out if university is the next step you should take, obviously I am no professional, I mean I started uni two months ago, but I would like to share my experience with you all and of course feel free to say if you think I am wrong or whatever down below, after all everyone's experience is different, so share yours.

Motivation, will power and the ability to throw yourself into things are definitely needed for having a more positive time at university. There is a lot of work, I am third year entry so I can't speak for first and second year, but there is definitely a lot more work than in college and school. Things are much more complex than what you have done previously.

I'm not saying it is impossible, it is definitely possible to graduate in the end of course, but you have to go into it knowing that it will be a difficult time and you will have to work hard. Your mindset should definitely be that there will be harder times, of course there are easier times too and university can be some of the your fondest memories.

Some people struggle horribly, some people struggle here and there and hardly ever is there anyone who has zero problems when it comes to university, so never feel like you're the only one feeling the way you are if it does become too much.

I threw myself in the deep end and went to university and yes I enjoy it, but God is it hard sometimes. I have two essays and two presentations all for next week! My social life and blog have taken the back seat many times to my coursework, but for me it's worth it. My eyes are set on the end goal of working in the media and living my dream and that's all I see in the big picture.

At the end of the day do what feels right, if you think you need another year to think about it then as long as you have a secure income and house to live in then do it. Don't feel like taking a year out makes you 'a failure' because it doesn't you just aren't taking chances with your life and that is fine.

If university doesn't feel right then don't force it, if you would rather do an apprenticeship or go straight into work then that is your choice. University isn't the be all and end all and if you change your mind then you can apply next year or the year after, you don't have to follow the 'normal' routine.

Or if you are in university and you are miserable and you're not studying what you want or you just feel like you don't click right with it then dropping out isn't making you 'a failure' it actually makes you very brave. Just don't leave yourself with no money or home and all is well. You can apply elsewhere, at least you tried and gave it your all.

If you feel ready for university and you are willing to work your booty off, you know what you want and have a clear goal in mind then do it. I am and I am perfectly happy, so don't feel like it's all doom and gloom.

I hope this post can help some people,
Thank you for reading!
What's your experience with university?

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