July 30, 2015

Why I Decided To Go To/ How I Feel About University

Oooo - bit of a broad topic this one! I'm really in the zone to do a lot more 'chatty' posts recently so I thought I would start of my telling you all why I decided to go to university

Now, by all means, I'm not going to be bias in anyway or tell you that you 'have to go' , you all have your own choices in life and whether or not that involves university is entirely up to you. Some of you might prefer just going into work, doing an apprenticeship or doing an open university degree. Whatever it may be. This post is just going to tell you why I went and after two years, what I have learnt from the whole experience. 

When I left school at the age of 18, I had no idea what I even wanted to do. The school I attended didn't really give me the knowledge of many options other than uni, uni, uni. This disheartened me a little because all I could think was 'what about the people who don't want to go? or are not sure of going?'.

After finishing school and taking some time out, I decided that I actually wanted to go. Not for the sake of peer pressure or pressure from my teachers, that I was doing this for me. 

For the last 2 years, I have been studying BA (Hons) Journalism. To say I'm completely satisfied with it is probably not telling the truth. When I first wanted to go, my heart was really set on developing my career in that field, but after two years I'm still trying to decide if this is what I really want to go into. To be honest, I have come to terms that this is okay, I still have one more year left to get to know what I want to do and if I still don't, that's okay as well. 

The main reason why I decided to go was to get out of my comfort zone. I'd never lived away from home before or fended for myself so when the opportunity arose, I had to just take a massive leap and thought 'I'm doing this for all the right reasons' 

It hasn't been all plain sailing, there has been times where I've cried for hours thinking 'is this for me?', where I wanted to just give it all up and work or I felt constantly home sick ( I study 4/5 hours away from home). I don't want to write this post and tell you it's absolutely amazing 100% of the time, because it hasn't and isn't. There will be times where you get stressed and think i'm never going to be able to do this, I guess the most important thing is to always remind yourself why you decided to go in the first place. 

I have had the most amazing time at university so far, it has been so rewarding, especially when you get given your results at the end of each year. It's fun but it's hard work. I've met the most amazing friends who hopefully i'll stay in touch with and you do have a lot of fun. It's not all bad and I know that when I graduate i'll be the happiest woman alive, I've achieved something I never thought I would. EVER.

So if you are at university or even thinking about going. GO. I promise you that you won't regret it. You learn so much and grow as a person within a short space of time.

If you don't go or haven't gone, that's okay too! You won't be seen as a 'failure' just because it wasn't for you, you've just decided to go down a different route. At the end of the day, you have to do what makes you happy. 

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