Friday, 27 March 2015

Confession: I don't think I like my university course any more


Disclaimer: This is a slight ramble and a little bit all over the place. I kind of just needed to admit this to myself! 

I love university and I love being a student, don't get me wrong. But this Easter has taught me that I am not hugely inspired by my subject choice any more. If I could go back in time, but still knowing the things that I know now, I probably would have chosen very differently.

I went back to my old secondary school at the beginning of the week. It sounds cheesy, but I always go in when I am home to catch up with some of my favourite teachers, it is so sweet to know that they are still interested and support me in what I am doing. Of course, conversation soon got on to graduation plans and my university course. For the first time, I admitted that I wasn't that interested any more.

Taking sociology was definitely the right decision at the time. I didn't know what I wanted to do, too scared to actually make the plunge and say that journalism was something that I was keen to pursue.  Almost 2 years on, and some of my modules are a bit of a drag and not what I expected at all. Maybe it is just the essay questions that I chose this year or the modules, but it really isn't what I want to be spending my time doing. But, there are some really interesting aspects, and some of it I am really interested in.

I am not planning at all to carry on with research or do a masters or Phd in sociology. Instead, I hopefully want to go onto marketing or working in theatre, which is the next thing I will come onto. I am quite involved in societies which have made my university experience amazing. The opportunities and skills I have learnt, I think, are more valuable than what I am learning in my degree. Maybe it is the uncertainty of what a degree in sociology can do for me. I plan to use these skills to get me a job in the next year or two, not necessarily my degree.

I don't know whether I am the only one that is feeling this. Am I really racking up thousands of pounds worth of debt for the experience and extra curricular skills and activities? Maybe. I'm not too sure. I'm not leaving university, I am too far in and enjoy the extras too much. 

But for now, I have 9000 words to write in four weeks and a whole loads of procrastination to get through. 

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  1. It's cases such as yours that frustrate me. What I mean is . . is that we are all conditioned from childhood to think that university is the only choice. I wish we all realised that it's ok not to know what to want to do and that we don't have to go to uni straight away. I think it's a wise decision you are carrying on. Just having a degree, no matter is what subject, is required by a lot of employers, so no matter what path you do go down in the future, i'm sure one day you will be glad you have it.

    I'm doing a Sociology long-distance course at the moment. It's not a subject I would choose to do out of choice, but I need to have a recent qualification for my entry back into university this year. I can only imagine how much more in depth doing the subject at uni is!!

    Amy x

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    1. I know what you mean. I am so glad I am at university. The experiences, the people that I have met. I would have never even thought about moving away if I didn't go to university. Hopefully next year will be better, once I get what I am doing when I graduate sorted :) xx

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  2. I know the feeling! If I went back in time and was able to choose a different degree, I definitely would! Never mind haha!

    Rhianna | robowecop

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    1. Phew, am so glad I am not alone! Nothing can be done now, I agree, will just continue enjoying the experience :D xx

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  3. Loved reading this and I am so sorry you are no longer enjoying your course. I'm a finalist though and I can tell you your final year will absolutely fly by. Good luck with your essays and exams :)

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    1. I am worrying about how quickly time is going anyway! I think just the prospect of not knowing about the future scares me so much at the moment! Thank you, hope yours go well too! :D xx

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  4. If you're in your final year, I say stick it through, it's only about 4-5 months until graduation! I left my university course because it wasn't what I expected at all (you can read more about it here: https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/changing-course-in-2nd-year-of-university/) and it was a big decision but I did it because I knew I wasn't going to be happy doing it for the rest of my life! I also want to go into marketing/HR so after a year out (in which I've just completed a traineeship in pharmacy skills and have got the chance to become a technician), I'm going into doing a Business degree and juggle it with becoming a pharmacy technician as a thing to fall back on :)

    Sociology is a very broad subject so it's good that you have alot of flexibility in the fields you want to go into (same as business), Good luck xx

    Sarah
    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com/

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    1. I am actually in second year so have one more year left. I think it is just the unknown about the future what is worrying me. I am planning on hopefully taking a business module next year, so hopefully it will be a bit more useful! But I am just along for the ride and going to try as hard as possible to keep going and do well! Good luck, it sounds like you are juggling a lot!! xx

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    2. I wish you all the very best! You're almost there :) Don't give up now xx Yeah, I'm going to be juggling but it's worth it when I look back in about 10-20 years time :)

      Sarah

      https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com/

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  5. I'm feeling exactly the same, I'm in my first year of university, training to be a primary teacher and it just feels like... I'm not cut out for it. I'm going to carry on too and be a trouper! Hopefully it will all work out how it should for us both ^-^

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