What If I Don’t Want To Go To University? Tough. You’re still applying. Tough. That means we still need a personal statement. Tough.
Recently I have been having serious doubts about my application to UCAS. I am in my second year of A levels and this
pressure to make such a huge (and it is huge!) life decision is causing me serious stress. I mean, I have my whole working life ahead of me, what’s this big rush into uni?
My college literally gives us no other opportunities or even ideas for not going to uni. As an A grade student I’m asked, ‘what uni are you going to?’ not, ‘what are you thinking of doing next year?’ Myself, and many others, feel that we are being forced along this academic path with little input in the matter.
I almost feel obliged to go, but then I stop and think to myself, NO! No, I am not going to feel pressured at this
moment in time to stress myself out going through the UCAS application only to change my mind.
I think everybody needs to feel able stop and reconsider a few of the pro’s and con’s of university:
- Good education
- Looks good for future employers
- Shows you can work hard
- Meet new people
- Mature (sometimes)
- Student loans affect your chances for loans/mortgages in the future
- Excessive drinking will probably halt your studying
- Being poor is not enjoyable
- Leave and go back to living at home
- Still unable to get a job after
Also, why is it if you don’t go to uni the first year after college they try and call it a “gap year”? I didn’t say I was going to go next year either, did I?
I hope I’m not the only one who is experiencing this pressure at the moment and I would be very interested to
hear other people’s ideas for their “gap years”.
FYI, this is a very useful site: