University isn't for everyone. I'm still not 100% sure it was the right decision for me. I didn't actually finish my degree because of my mental health. Maybe if I never went I wouldn't have struggled so much. But, on the other hand, if I didn't go to university then I wouldn't have found what I was good at, experienced living abroad without family, and I probably wouldn't even have started blogging! I think my life would be so different if I had skipped university.
University is said to be the best years of your life and I think it's an absolute lie. Ok maybe not a complete lie. To some people it will be because you're living with friends, have so much freedom, and can party all you like. But it's such an overused statement. People will only show off all the good times at university and hide the bad times - there are probably more bad things that what meets the eye.
Disclaimer: I'm not saying university sucked because it has been a highlight in my life. I just think it's hyped up so much more than what it's actually like.
Are you one of those people constantly adding up the pros and cons of university? Do you worry it's not the right choice for you?
Well, read on!
Don't go just because all your friends are
It's quite easy to get sucked in to the uni hype when that's all your friends can talk about. They're applying to universities, looking for accommodation, and basically bragging about how much freedom they'll have when they get there. And yeah it all sounds amazing but the number one thing you mustn't do is go along with it just because your friends are going. Let me guess, you're afraid of FOMO? Don't be. Yeah it's a great time and all, but if it's not for you it's not for you. You know, university isn't all about the partying and lie-ins, there is work to do, deadlines to meet, and it can get very stressful. If your friends go, you can go and stay with them once in a while - better than actually going to university and hating it. So that's my number one tip - don't go just because you're friends are going to university!
You don't have to have a degree to succeed in life
Some of the most successful people don't have a degree. What did they do to get there? Worked bloody hard. And so can you. If you really don't like the idea of university, then don't go just because it will get you further in life. That isn't true. There's so many resources online, apprenticeships, intern programs you can do to gain experience and learn on the job. Half the stuff people learn at university they probably won't even use in the future. Even if you go to university and get a degree, you're not guaranteed a job. You're not the only one out there doing this without a degree - it's more common than you think! So go smash it!!
Maybe online courses are best suited to your lifestyle
For those of you who don't like the idea of having to go to class everyday, like you have been for the past 12 years of your life, and having to raise your hand to ask a question, or worse get picked on, but you still want to do study then online courses may be the best option for your lifestyle. With a lot of online courses your work time can be very flexible and it allows you to have a part time job on the side, so you're not worrying about the cost of them so much. Do some research, ask around for the best places to find online courses, and get going - what's better than studying in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.
Online courses and early experience could take you further, quicker
University is a long process, 3-4 years (or even more) is a long time to get a degree and not be guaranteed a job afterwards. So doing online courses for a year, or go into a job straight out of school could actually take you further in life, and a lot quicker than it would if you were to go to university.
Take a gap year to decide if university is the right choice
Having a gap year is a popular choice for people after finishing school and before deciding to go to university. Either travelling the world or working for a year can change your mind on the whole concept of university. Perhaps you've enjoyed the job more than you would and don't want to leave it for university, or maybe you've visited a country you want to travel back to and live there. The only negative is that a gap year can mess with your mind quite a bit. Before, you've decided on the university you want to go to and deferred the year, you've settled on the subject you want to study, and done research into the career path you want to go down, and after a gap year you find yourself wanting to do the complete opposite.