Hi everyone! So I know this post a little long overdue but it’s here! So a few weeks ago (actually way over a month ago, woops!) I wrote a post about my own experience of university and I wanted to write a post that was more advice around going to university and being there. I wanted to write about the process of choosing to go to university because I feel like it gets overlooked when talking about university. Also, I feel like there are things that don’t get said and need to be. I also don’t want my advice to come across as generic, everyone says the same thing about being organised etc and I want to avoid that.
You do you – There can be a pressure to go to university, particularly from you’re tutors at college/sixth form. However, it’s important that you make the best decision for you. There are more options than just going to university. I personally went to university but my boyfriend didn’t and I know plenty of people who didn’t. You can also change you’re mind. If you decide not to go to university at 18 it doesn’t mean you can’t go to university later in life. My mum went to university at 40! I once read about a guy that went to university in his eighties! Just because you don’t go at the same time as all your friends it doesn’t rule it out completely. This rule goes for your choice of course and university, if you choose to go to university. Don’t feel pressured into studying something you don’t have any interest in, likewise if you want to study more of a humanities course then go for it don’t let other people’s opinions put you off.
Don’t worry about debt – So this is a big one for me. The biggest thing people worry about when deciding on going to university is getting themselves into debt. However, it isn’t a real debt! It doesn’t affect you in any way like getting a mortgage or any kind of credit. Plus it’s not like you have to pay it back straight away and if you do start earning enough then it’s only a small amount and it comes out of your tax so you’ll never see it. Then, the likelihood of you paying it back is slim and it gets written off after 30 years. I also learnt a really interesting fact about student loans is that what you pay back doesn’t go on the amount you owe so no matter how much you owe, you’re payments are based on how much you earn. Also, just to add on to this, don’t make your decision on money because at the end its a temporary situation and you’ll be able to earn way more money once you have graduated.
Make the most of it – This is probably the biggest tip I could give anyone going to university. There are so many opportunities to thrive at university and they’re worth grabbing with both hands. Even if you don’t believe you have what it takes, it’s worth trying because you may be surprised. I didn’t do as much as I wanted in my first and second year but I became womens officer in my final year which was an amazing opportunity and it’s something else I can put on my CV. My motto is if you don’t try, you’ll never know. However, this doesn’t mean that if you should drink or go on nights out for the sake of it. Again, you do you.
There you have it! Here are a few of my tips for university. Have you got anything you would tell people about going to university or do you have any questions about going to university? Feel free to share your feelings in the comments.
Thanks for reading!