Hia guys, sorry that I’ve been quite quiet on the blogging front recently! I’ve just come back from Lanzarote…and didn’t tan at all L but it was definitely a well earned relaxing week away.
Now with most of your exams done, especially if you’re in Year 12 you start to think of the year ahead and the choices you’ll have to do in the near future. Do I go to University or not? What subject should I study? They’re all pretty tough decisions and as I exit my education forever, I’m going to give you a few reasons why you should choose the path of University.
First of all we have to start with one of the most important aspects for most of you I’m sure, which is your social life. With a whole week called Freshers dedicated to going out, meeting new friends and a selection of socieities and clubs to choose from, you will never get bored during your University life! I have met life-long friends from University and had experiences that I will treasure for a very long time. Travelling gives you those sort of things I know, but there’s always time for travelling after you graduate, then you will be a more independent, open-minded, out-going, cultured person when you do decide to travel! I know I am after the last three years!
You get a degree!
I know this is quite an obvious one, but with all the partying and the buzz of meeting so many faces in such a short amount of time you might ‘forget’ why you’re there! Getting a degree makes you so much more employable as nearly every employer is looking for something higher than an A-Level these days. Also with a degree it shows that you are deducated and that you have stuck to a challenging but enjoyable course for three years. However, this doesn’t come easily, you do have to put the work in and do the best you possibly can, as you will always regret not putting your all in it in years to come, when perhaps you face not getting the job you wanted because of your degree qualification is slightly lower than your oponent.
Also, for all you girls you get to pick a lovely new dress for graduation, that you could probably persuade your parents to buy seeing as it is for your education! 😛
Life changing opportunities and experiences
Last but certainly not least, I have had so many experiences and opportunities from being at University. I have been able to meet so many people from the industry that I want to go in to which has given me a better insight as to what it really is like out there in the big scary world. I have also managed to make contacts with these people which will hopefully help me now whilst I’m finding a job.
Living away from home definitely makes you a more independant person. It shows more when I go home now and my mum is fussing around me when I’m cooking or doing my washing and I have to tell her to stop and say that I can do it myself, because during those three years no one else has done it for you. You’ve had to do all the cooking, washing, sorting out the bills etc, it can be challenging for some to adjust to this at first but you just get used to it and better at it, trust me!
I have also been to a load of Drama festivals and performances across the UK and been able to perform with professional companies; this was all thanks to the many contacts the University have with the industry, contacts that I would never have been able to get on my own.
Getting the opportunity of becoming a student ambassador this year was another great opportunity. I have met so many young people and it has been a great pleasure sharing my experiences of student life with you. Also doing the student talks on Open Days to audiences from 50 – 150 and travelling across the UK going to careers and UCAS fairs also has made me a more out-going person and made me realise how soppy I can get with these weekely blogs!!
Not for you?
I know University isn’t for everyone as not everyone is academic or they can find their way to their dream career in a different way e.g. apprenticeships, but if you feel that you are good enough to try University, don’t hesitate because you will only regret it in the long run. Why not reach your potential?
I know it can be costly but you have student loans to support you and after the three years student finance are very understanding and they don’t make you pay a very big amount back monthly, especially if you are on quite a low salary.
After the three years I have indeed got a degree, (not sure what I’ve got yet as the results come out this Wednesday but I know I’ve passed!) but so so much more than that! I am a totally different person, I’ve gained all of the above and more, and now I start the next chapter of my life tomorrow as I start my new job as a researcher with a TV company! J If it’s as enjoyable as my University years, bring it on!
Until next time, Sian.