It bothers me how much pressure modern British society puts onto youngsters to attend university. Going to university is not for everyone and it’s not the be all and end all.
I felt pressured by my family and my school to apply for university when I was in my final year of High School. I believed it was the natural next step so didn’t question my motives for going and whether I wanted to go.
I enjoyed my first year at university. It’s exciting, you meet new people, you learn new things; you become a new version of yourself. However, it quickly wore off for me. I have a love hate relationship with university. I’m a good student, but I don’t enjoy it any more. Coursework and exam periods make me want to cry on a daily basis. The thought of my dissertation next year on top of my normal workload fills me with fear. University is not easy and it’s not something you should take as an easy decision.
University is not for everyone and not going doesn’t mean that you’ve damaged your future in any way, shape or form. I admire those who chose to get full time jobs upon leaving school; my boyfriend didn’t attend university and at 21 years old, he’s the assistant manager of a very busy retailer.
University is a great tool, if you know what you want to do. In reality, your degree is not going to get you a job immediately unless it’s a practical degree e.g. Medicine or nursing. Myself and my group of friends will have a wide variety of degrees under our belts, but only one of us will have a set path. We do criminology, nursing, theology, biology, social work, English literature, physics, interior design and photography. We still have no clue what to do when we graduate, we have don’t want to think about jobs.
In reality, I would rather be working full time, going home to my own flat. I’ve not wasted my time at uni but I don’t think it’s benefited me greatly for my future employment. I should have considered my options more carefully before applying to university.
Think about what you want to do with your future and consider all your options. Sometimes, experience is more desirable than education. Sometimes university isn’t all its cracked up to be