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Course Conundrums


At what age should you have decided what you want to do for the rest of your life? Choosing a degree is a huge part in this life altering process, but there’s a lot of pressure on making the right decision when you’re an eighteen year old. With very little life experience to draw from, how do you know you’re going to be making the right decision, dedicating at least three years of your life to a subject is a big deal, so it’s important to know whether this is what you want.

 Some people are lucky; they know, from childbirth, what they want to do with the rest of their lives. But for others, including me, it’s not as easy. And that’s okay. You could start a course, and decide it’s not for you, which is not uncommon within the first few weeks of your degree, but that’s not always a bad thing. You need to experience things, before you can decide it is, or it isn’t for you. If the course you chose turned out to not be your thing, find another course that is, and definitely do not just stick to a course that you hate, because you think you have to, after all, what’s the point in getting a degree in something that you will never use? (Especially, if you’re going to be racking up student debt over it).

  There’s so many ways in order to make choices that will help you, it doesn’t always have to include starting a course at eighteen, sticking to it for three years because you feel you have to, then just into a world of work. You will always have a huge amount of opportunities, whether it’s suspending studies while you choose what’s best for you, doing a part time course while you’re working, or changing courses while you decide which one suits you best. And you shouldn’t decide on something because it’s what others suggest, a degree is supposed to help you get to where you want to go in life; leaving it up to others to decide will never end well.

 Lots of individuals who go to university now, enrolled on courses that they don’t really enjoy, just so they can enjoy the whole stereotypical student lifestyle, and it’s not always a bad thing. If you’re not quite ready to enter the world of work, and you’re getting a qualification out of it, than spending three years of your life doing a degree is perfect. (You just need to remember that once that is completed, you should probably start thinking about what to do with your life.)

About the Author

Kasi Allan Kasi Allan

I'm at the University of Liverpool, where I studied Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations for a year, but then decided to change course. While I'm on a gap year at the moment, I'm returning in September to complete a Law degree. Hopefully from this I can get into teaching Law at A-level. I also worked in a school in Spain, helping to teach English for a few months. In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with friends, listening to music, and jogging.

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