Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, deciding if you should go to university can be an incredibly difficult decision. Growing up I wanted to work in every job under the sun. I wanted to be a ballerina, then a vet, then a doctor and one day I even decided I wanted to be an astronaut. Never in a million years, did I imagine I would be sat in University doing a law degree…
For me, back in 2013, there was a spark which just told me what I wanted to do in life.
A major part of my life has always been scouting, and part of that included a trip to Everest Base Camp and the company that we trekked with was massive on human rights.
Part of the cost of the trip goes towards the Sherpa’s who are your guides and this makes sure that they have the right coats and shoes which can stand up to temperatures reaching below – 10 Degrees.
What I didn’t realise is that they had to do this, because some of the other trekking companies didn’t. Seeing the way that some people were treated in Nepal, made me want to be more aware of what was going on in the world.
I started getting more interested in the news and seeing how little rights some people had and how some people are restricted in the rights they’re allowed.
It was when I got back from Nepal that I knew that my main ambition was to make the world a little better, at least for someone, in any way that I could.
I started looking into how I could do this, which seemingly was an impossible task.
My first step was to look into all of the different ways I could get there, through an apprenticeship or going straight into work, but I (finally) decided to go to uni.
This wasn’t an easy choice for me and it took a lot of debate as to whether I should go. Of course, eventually, I made this choice, and it was definitely the right one.
Looking back at all of the worrying I did a year ago, I wish I could go back and tell past me that everything will be fine and to go with my gut feeling!
This was my story, but if you are considering university, but just aren’t sure – here are some things you could do.
Make lists – list why you do and don’t want to go to uni
I’ve always found that lists can solve a lot of problems. They help you put all your thoughts down onto one page and really help you work out what you’re going to do.
Sometimes seeing your options down on paper can make everything clearer for you, and for me this helped a lot.
List the universities you might want to go to
An important part of choosing a university is knowing all about them. This can seem like an impossible task. Start by looking at the universities that you might want to go to.
Then look at what grades you need to get in to them, how far away from home they are and things like that. Unless you only have five universities you want to go to, right now you don’t really need to look at (scary) things like the cost of accommodation.
It doesn’t matter if you have 2 universities on your list or 20, you will figure out where you want to go and where is best for you.
But what about…
One of the big questions I found myself asking when deciding if I should go to uni or not was “but what about…”. But what about my friends and what about my dogs.
At the end of the day, Uni doesn’t mean you’re leaving it all behind. Everything will still be there when you go back for the holidays. Moving out and living in Uni halls isn’t completely moving out! You’ll still have your room and everything to go back to when you feel like it.
Consider the opportunities
The biggest thing for me was working out whether the benefits of going to university outweighed what I imagined to be the issues.
University was going to be scary and new and different and if I’m honest that absolutely terrified me. I knew that at some point I was going to have to face the situation and write my UCAS application and work out what I was going to do with the next 3 years of my life.
Looking back on all the things I worried about now, they seem so silly. The opportunities I’ve had at university have been crazy, the people I’ve met here are brilliant and I’ve found my place on the course I love.
I still have the best of friends at home, my dogs still get far too excited when I walk through the door and my bedroom is still my room for when I come home, even if it has become a temporary laundry room…