Thoughts On University And Education

Sunday, 2 April 2017


Since I'm in my last year of A Levels, and September will be when I start uni (hopefully), there couldn't have been a better time to do this.

I'm certainly not the most academic person in the world, maths and science is just not my thing. I'm more creative and enjoy that side of things much more. For my A Levels I took BTEC Business Studies, Photography and Media Studies. All very creative, well except business studies but that was BTEC so it only involved coursework and no exam.

To be honest, it was never my plan to go to university. I was actually quite against it, well for as long as I can remember. I didn't enjoy education enough to spend an extra three years in it, and I certainly didn't want to pay for it. Even up until last year, I wasn't planning on going to university. But when I headed into my last year in sixth form, that kinda changed. We got told all about apprenticeships and degrees, and I just didn't have a clue what I wanted to do. None of the apprenticeships appealed to me whatsoever, and I definitely didn't feel ready to go into a full-time job. So, I ended up looking to university, something I never thought I'd do. 


I knew I didn't want to go away from home, due to my anxiety so I looked at courses close to home. I decided photography was what I wanted to do, and I found two courses that looked good and meant I could stay at home. These were my only two hopes and I'm so happy I liked one of the courses/universities. So I've accepted my place to the one I'd really love to go to, and hopefully in September, thats where I'll be off to. Yay for another three years of education haha! I'd love to hear your uni/college/school experiences, and whether you were in the same boat as me.


- Lucy

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  1. Good luck this September! I am currently attending school for Journalism (about to finish my first year) and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend. I know university is scary and some people can't afford it, but if you have the opportunity, you should attend. I learned so much, not just about myself, but how to do hard work; I learned about budgeting; I made life-long friends; and I was able to be on my own. If you need any advice or have any questions, I will be happy to answer them, Lucy! I know I attend university in the US, but I am pretty sure the experiences are similar. Good luck ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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    1. Thank you so much! That sounds really cool, and I'm looking forward to learning some of those things too!

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  2. Good luck! I feel the same, I never felt uni was for me and felt somewhat like an outsider. It wasn't until doing my A-levels that all of that changed- I felt it was obligatory, so I applied to do a course that I knew I'd be good at but didn't enjoy. I ended up taking a gap year (so I will start uni this September too!) and changed my course to politics, something I love! Lots of people don't/didn't have the chance to go to uni, so we are so fortunate!

    Jessie Chats

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    1. Thank you! Thats exactly how I felt, and I sort of felt obliged to apply to at least one course at uni. I don't blame you for taking a gap year, but it lets you re-think what you want to do etc. Good luck for starting in September!

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  3. How exciting! I always thought I'd end up miles away from home, but actually ended up really close - only a 40 minute train journey away. First year was ridiculously tough for me but I'm glad I stuck with it because I've had such an amazing time and made so many memories. You will love it!xxx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

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    1. Thats pretty good actually, not too far from home! I'll keep that in mind, and if its not going to plan, try and ride it out as I'm sure I'll end up loving it, like you say! Thanks Lucy!

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  4. Congratulations! I was very conflicted, all through sixth form I didn't think I was going to go to uni and I took a gap year where I did photography at college. The I decided over night I wanted to be an art therapist and for that I needed a pscyhology degree and here I am about to finish that degree! It was so academic and I was terrified but I got through it and now I get to do creatove work again! I went to uni close to home and my advice to you would be that even though you are living at home try and create a seperate social life so join loads of commitees and befriend people living in uni halls and things, being at home doesn't mean you get to miss out, it means you have the best of both worlds really (and people to cook you food) Hope this helped!

    Marbl☾☽Moon

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    1. Thank you! Thats amazing how that can come overnight, and you realise what you really want to be doing in life. Thank you for that advice as well, I don't want to miss out on any of the experiences, so I'll make sure to get in there with a social circle and join commitees and stuff. Thanks again!

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  5. Good luck in September! I've had such a conflicting time at university. First, I chose the wrong degree (Law) and had to drop out and reapply for a different course (Politics and IR) at different universities. I think its so important for anyone to be certain of what they want to study and pursue because ultimately, you're paying to studying this. So if you (or anyone reading this) is ever uncertain of their decision about university, my best advice is to take a gap year. Mine, turned out to be such an amazing experience, and now, I always recommend students younger than me to take one, because it gives you a chance to breathe – travel, write, pursue your passions and think about what you want. Hope this helps!

    Thuy xo
    thuysedit.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't agree more with the whole gap year thing, definitely gives you some time to think about what you want from uni/life. If uni doesn't work out for me first time around, then for sure its something I'll do! Thanks for the advice!

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  6. Ah so exciting Lucy! I'm sure you will have a great time.

    I was just like you at school and was desperate to leave education, but actually university is SO different to school and college that you can't really compare. Now that I've left university I feel well and truly done with education but I'm so glad I did it!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. Thank you Sally! Thats actually really good to hear, because I was hoping it'd be a bit different haha!

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  7. Congratulations and good luck!! I am currently about to finish my 4th year of my Masters in Chemistry and I'm so glad it's almost over! I've always been quite academic and I always knew I wanted to go to uni. I have enjoyed my time here, specially because I got to move to London and I love this city, but I do think that uni is not for everyone. Having experienced four years of higher education has made me realise that to really enjoy uni you have to LOVE your course or your subject. I like chemistry but it is not my passion whatsoever and that's made the course so much harder! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. Thank you! Wow thats amazing, I admire you a lot for doing chemistry, which was one of my worst subjects in school - wish I was good at it. Thats really cool you got to move to London, one of my favourite places. Luckily photography is a passion of mine so I'm hoping all will be well!

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  8. I hated school really badly but university was always a thing I want to do and now I`m finishing my first year of Film degree. I had to move to another country (more than 2000 miles), so I only see my family and friends only two times per year, but other than that, I couldn`t be more happy with my studies. I`ve learnt so much and read so many great books from the enormous university library. I`m an introvert so I don`t go to parties and have like a three friends but the educational side gives me much pleasure. Many people can`t afford it, so if you have an opportunity, do it! xx

    Anyway, if you have any concerns about uni life, studies, or anything in general, feel free to message me. I`d love to share my experience that maybe could be helpful for you! xx

    Agne
    theagebe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Wow thats a long way away - but its so good to hear you're pleased with your studies! I'm not really one to go out to parties that much either, but thats nice to hear to be honest! Exactly, not everyone can afford it so I'm going to grab the opportunity!

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  9. I'm currently in a three year degree doing design as well, currently in my second year so only 2 years left and then finally doing something I love, hopefully!
    Kathy x
    Alongcamekathy

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    1. As long as you're enjoying it, thats the main thing!

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  10. I really didn't like school however I found that getting involved in my university social side really made a huge difference. I've met some amazing people and had a far better time at university than in school :)

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. Thats really reassuring to hear, I hope thats how it goes for me!

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  11. I did my degree and masters in history. I was a lucky one and I found my time in education really easy!
    I am now a marketing executive and my degree has never made a difference to my career. Don't get me wrong they are great to have, but I think far too much pressure is put on higher education these days!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. I think too much pressure is put on education in general, well the students! I guess you're right, still good to have a degree!

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  12. Ah how exciting - good luck! Next year will be my last year of high school which kind of terrifies me, but I'm not thinking about Uni that much right now haha. I'm sure you'll make lots of friends and learn new skills.

    Hannah xx
    thedreamersclubs.com

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  13. Good luck with uni! I am definitely biased as I had the time of my life at uni haha - for what it's worth, A Levels are by far the hardest thing you'll ever do! Academically uni is a lot more self-motivated and there's far less pressure and a smaller workload, generally speaking. Plus there's the social side :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  14. Wow! Best of luck for the future, sounds like a really creative and exciting course! I wrote about my uni experience here http://www.ohsobecky.com/?p=56 but don't let it put you off! There's so many different paths in life, it's just about finding the right one for you!

    OhSoBecky

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