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To Go To University, Or Not, That Is The Question.

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For some, it is a question that can be easily answered through a simple yes or no. For those that say yes, they know for however long a period of time that university is what they want to do with their lives once college or sixth form is over and done with. Endless essays and exams throughout their three years of studying, typical student night outs and balancing life on a student loan, they know the path that leads to a cap and gown at the end of it all is the one for them.

For those that do not want to go to university, their decision is also made early on, knowing that they no longer want to be in education, they feel they won’t be benefited in the pursuit of their chosen career by going onto higher education, and they simply want to start working and earning money, getting their foot in the door of future employment. However, there are probably many of you out there who the final decision is not quite as simple in making. If you are sitting there reading this and know that you fall into this category, then maybe the following tips will help you decide why you should, or shouldn’t, take the massive leap into university life.

  1. Independence: not everyone wants to move out of the family home and to another part of the country, or even world, for their university education, but for those that do so, one of the main gains is the independence. At first, it is daunting, all of the responsibility that may have fallen entirely on the shoulders of your family, is now passed over to you. Once you’ve worked out what is what and how to get everything in order though, living away from the family home is a fun and exciting experience, giving you the independence that will help you for the rest of your life. The skills that are available to learn through furthering your education are not restricted to lecture theatres, there are so many invaluable life lessons awaiting your knowledge that can be gained through making the all important decision of living away for your time at university.
  2. Friends for Life: one of the best things for me about going to university was meeting so many different people. People from different backgrounds and life experiences to the one that I have been brought up in and gone through, I have never met such a vast variety of people as I have since coming to uni. It’s been great meeting all of them, and I have made so many amazing friends who I know I will be in contact with for many years to come. Like the previous point, the thought of making new friends when going to uni is quite a scary one, but once you have got into your comfort zone and met those in your lectures and who you live with, it becomes a simple process of getting to know new people. Who knows, maybe you will meet lifelong friends during your years of studying.
  3. Passion for Learning: if you are one of those people that love to learn new things, whether its knowledge or skills, then going to uni is probably the best decision for you. So many new and exciting things are waiting for you to discover through your seminars, lectures as well as research for essays, exams and that all important dissertation. If you love finding out new facts and researching absolutely anything and everything, then university is definitely the place for you to be. After years at school being surrounded by people who may not have the same ambition and craving to learn as you do, fear not, you will finally be with people who are like-minded to you in their want to learn about everything there is to know.

If you have read these tips and they have helped you come to a conclusion of whether or not to pursue a further education through three or more years at university, then I am glad that I have been of some help, and my work here is done. If this still hasn’t quite given you that 100% answer in your mind of whether or not you should go to uni, then don’t worry, there are hundreds if not thousands of advice websites that can be found online that will give you more information about everything you need to know in making your final decision. Turn to those around you too. Family, friends, teachers at your college or sixth form, even emailing the universities that you have applied for and received conditional offers from, they will be more than happy to help you with any questions you may have about your future education.

To those patiently awaiting your A Level results and have your heart set on a particular university, I wish you all the luck in the world and I hope you get the results you want, and that you have as an amazing time at university as I had. For those of you who still aren’t quite sure what their next step is going to be, don’t worry, the decision is yours at the end of the day. Make the right one for you, the one that makes you happy, and you can’t go far wrong. Good luck!

About the Author

Emily Peachey Emily Peachey

I am currently in my final year of studying a combined honours degree in English with Media & Cultural Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. My hope is to become a journalist and writer after university is over, as writing has always been a great passion of mine.

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