September is fast approaching which means one thing: the academic year is about to begin. Yes, I am internally screaming because I have a lot of decisions to make for the year ahead and I haven’t had enough lay ins! I’m about to go into my second year of college (equivalent to year 13), and I’m a year behind with the whole academic ages due to my mental health. But the big question that faces me this year is, do I go to uni or not?
I know that university is a fantastic thing for younger people and you do come out with a degree. To go into health care, it’s important that you have some form of training or a university qualification in order to succeed. I would be able to expand my social circle, move to a city which I love, have a different overall experience of learning and it is beneficial. But why is university such a big pressure now? If I were to go, I would be the first in my family to attend which again, is a good thing and it’s nice that my family would be proud. I would get 50% work experience in health care settings and am employed straight after uni.
I’m worried that my negative list will be a lot longer than the positive but let’s see how this goes! First of all, there is a significant life change. No one likes change, and it’s understandable why. Finances, loans, moving house to a city that is entirely new, having to make new friends, getting out of your comfort zone, stress and exams are just a few of the negative factors about uni life. Most people love it, but also know people who don’t.
Spending half my time in a lecture room listening to PowerPoints about blood, guts and gore isn’t exactly how I want to spend the next four years, and I would prefer it if I were more hands on. The NHS is currently going in a downwards spiral and in 10 years time, will I even have a secure job? The NHS uni scheme was scrapped which proves that we’re in major debt and there’s a massive strain for nursing.
At the moment, I’m stuck between a 50:50 stage. Would it be easier doing a degree within college and stay put? Would it be worth trying to get into an apprenticeship? All of these questions on top of another year packed with work. Oh and another thing, UCAS. I swear it’ll be the death of me! What are your views on university?