What To Know If You’re Thinking About University

Thinking about university

This article on thinking about university is a guest post written by the lovely Molly Pritchard.

As I write this post, I can’t believe it’s been a whole 5 years since I first started at university. It’s crazy that in half a decade I have learnt so much about myself, my values and my career options. I spent four years at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, studying an undergrad BA in Business and Management and a postgrad MA in Marketing and Public Relations. I can quite honestly say I had the most amazing university experience and would recommend it highly for both personal and professional gains. But, of course, there were times of doubt and anxiety. So here are some learnings for those thinking about university in the near future.

It’s Worth The Money

Student fees are crippling these days, and I was the first year to be hit with the £9,000 per year costs in the UK. So, it was still a touchy subject when I started at university. It had me questioning whether a degree was really worth the money. The opinions on student debt are mostly divided into two categories. There were some people who worry tremendously about their future with this debt on their shoulders. There are others who do not see the money as an actual debtor like a mortgage.

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However, even with approximately £50,000 worth of debt, I still think of myself as a middle ground to these two opinions. The money is definitely real as I see it come out of my wage in monthly installments. But again, it’s not something I worry about. If I was to ever lose my job then the payments would stop in line with this.

I also think that university is worth the fees because not only is it teaching you but it’s an experience that will change you. If you think about it, in a way the fees show that you truly want to be there and that you are committed to learning. Honestly, it’s by far it’s the best investment you can make in yourself.

Study Something You’re Interested In

As I’ve just said, university is an experience. These days you obtain the right transferable skills doing any course so you don’t have to be too worried about doing a course which doesn’t scream “high employability”. Instead, when thinking about university, you should choose a course you’re genuinely interested in learning more about.

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I did business for my undergrad as I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do career-wise. But I’m a massive geek for product innovation and love shows like The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den. I knew I’d enjoy it enough to do it for 3 years. Plus it was broad with many different paths and opportunities. This led me to gain further insight into marketing which I was then able to specialise in. So, just be confident that you enjoy your topic/modules and be willing to learn. It’s the only way you’ll get to benefit fully from your degree.

Take The Chance

The timid 18-year-old me wasn’t ready for leaving home. When I found out I’d actually got the grades and had been accepted into a university the whole situation hit me like a ton of bricks. It hit me so much so I cried in my Dads car for a good half hour on the day of my A-Level results. I always think about what I would have done had I have stayed in Ellesmere Port. It makes me so thankful that I took the chance because to grow you need to experience new things outside of your comfort zone. I’m definitely not saying “leave and don’t ever look back” but definitely university is the best chance you’ll ever get to take time out and grow as a person.

So these are some top tips for those thinking of university, degree options, and opportunities. Only you will know what’s right for you, but make the most of whatever path you take. Always look to make the best and most of a situation or environment.

Question of the day: What advice would you give to someone thinking about university?

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You can find Molly at www.mollypritchard.com and on Twitter.

 

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4 Comments
  1. A brilliant guest post! I think it’s really interesting seeing everyone’s veiws on University and how they think about it. Although the £50+ debt for me nearly put me off Uni, I am glad I gone but I think its important to be cautious once your at Uni cause yes it makes you learn about life and yourself but sometimes you still need to admit you need some guidence from your parents. It’s not for everyone but if you think by any chance it is for you then I say go for it! x

  2. Such a great post! I do agree that attending university does teach you things beyond just what is required for your degree. It’s a great investment if you do choose that path for yourself. My advice is just don’t give up! It’s going to be filled with ups and downs, but stick it out because you’ll be glad you did.
    XO,
    Kenisha – heykenkay.com

  3. I agree university is a great way to learn more about yourself and how to be responsible. The advice I would give to a newbie at a university is: NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP! I struggled my freshman year because I didn’t ask for help. I internalized everything, which made the situation difficult and not fun…I failed my freshman year. It wasn’t until my junior year, I asked my mom for help about my low grades and she told me to change my major. After the major change, I graduated my university with straight A’s. University is meant to a life changing yet exciting experience. Lovely post!

  4. This is such a great guest post! I think the perspective of university has dramatically changed overtime, so honest opinions are so important! I do agree that university will teach you more than just your degree, you learn so much about yourself and life! But equally, I think it’s important to know it’s not for everyone and that’s okay! Lovely post!
    Bisous, Faz
    http://www.livinglikeaparisienne.com

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