Last year was a tough year, not just for me, but for many students across the UK. College deadlines, jobs, Uni applications and trying to write that perfect personal statement (who would’ve thought that writing about yourself could be so difficult?).
But as I watch upon this year’s students and scroll through my twitter to witness the same stress and thoughts that I had when considering all these different options that could affect the rest of my life, I thought I would ramble on to you guys about my story and thoughts.
Never was I ever a school person, I liked what I liked in school and there was not much more that I wanted to do other than what I liked. I always struggled with the more academic subjects, I was always the one who would never focus and was forever daydreaming.
Daydreaming aside, I’ve always had a strong work ethic, I’ve worked, like many others since I was 14 and had 3 jobs by the time I was 16, (I feel like I’m writing a bloody cover letter), but honestly, I have always had the drive in me to work. From a young age, I just wanted to get a job (or three) and earn.
I have always and will always say, that I believe the luckiest people are those who are able to earn a living doing something they love.
College were extremely pushy with wanting me to go to university; as they were with many other students, so even though I didn’t necessarily want too, I applied to courses I thought I might have liked just to keep them happy as I know they were thinking about me in the long run. However, I knew Uni wasn’t always the answer to getting where you wanted to be. With my personal statement and applications sent off, I was strangely anxious when awaiting replies. At this point I was thinking that maybe I should go. A month or whatever later, I can’t remember the exact time scale of things, I received an offer for an interview at Huddersfield uni, I applied for their fashion communication and promotion course. It seemed like an amazing course and completely my cup of tea, but it was the whole daunting going to uni thing again, which I was still weird about. Eventually, I got offered a place and after I achieved all the right qualifications, my place was confirmed. I was excited that I got in yet still unsure.
Looking back now, I think that in college it was more of a ” look I got into this uni” for people (or more like for me “I actually go into uni”). Even though most student’s expressions of getting in were genuine, I could help think that some were doing it like me, for the status of saying to college “I got in”.
Thankfully, deferrals are available, and trust me, that single year makes a whole lotta difference. The year gave me thinking time along with time to do things I love, and find my feet. In the given year, I have been able to figure out what I want to do 100%, which is something I have never been able to say before.
My heart is still not set on uni, and in the time I have had to think about it, I have found a mixture of reasons of why I’m saying no. Firstly, I’d say I’m more of a ‘doer’ I would much rather go out to get hands on experience, and lots of it. I feel I learn better this way, and even though I know that you can take the time out whilst at uni to do a year’s work experience, the first couple of years that I would be going to lectures and not doing, I could have many internships and much more experience under my belt and could still be earning money at the same time. Which is what I’m hoping to do. Theres also the fact of being secure. There is no guaranteed job at the end of university, and that scares me. You’re paying money to study something you might not even get a job in and I’m not in that much of a comfortable enough position to take that risk, especially when at the time I wasn’t 100% set on anything .
Not at all am I saying don’t got to university, everyone is different, but if you’re unsure, you want to make sure you are making the right choices for you and not making them in spite of anyone else. I am so grateful that I was able to make the decision to have that year and the time to think, it makes the world of difference.
I’m thankful to say that my heart is now set on something for the future and I am so determined to make it work whichever way I can. For now though, it’s just all about working hard and earning to enable me to do what I need to do, (and to support my frequent shopping trips).
What are your plans for the future?
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