Sunday, 5 June 2016

Is University Worth it?


On Wednesday morning I had my last ever university exam (and let's hope last exam ever), and I couldn't be happier that it was over. I've spent the last few days doing some life admin, watching a lot of Ru Paul's drag race and generally catching up on some much needed sleep. 

It seems only yesterday that I moved into my dingy halls, and now I have made friends for life. I've had more close friends than I ever have before, I've been to places I didn't think I would ever go to and I've been a part of and done some amazing things. It's true, that university has been the making of me, and I don't think I would be the person who I am today if I decided not to go. A bold statement, but I think it's true. 

I moved 3 hours away from Kent to the University of Warwick. Moving away was a very scary thought at 18, but it was the best decision I could have made. It made me appreciate my family a lot more, find out more about myself and give me the chance to meet new people. I feel so much more confident in myself and my abilities and has really taken me out of my shell. When you're thrown in on day 1 with a bunch of 19 strangers, you need to make the effort and put yourself out there. 

Fast forward almost three years later, I'm living with my best friends, had the chance to perform in musicals, sung with an a Capella choir, taken a show to the Edinburgh Fringe and hopefully be graduating with a good grade. University isn't just about your degree. For me, my degree is only a very small part of my university career. 

I've talked about my degree before. So I didn't wholly love my course, and there were times, especially in final year, when I thought what's the point. Studying the history of science is not going to be useful for everyday life, and the workload and stress was getting to me too much. But I'm glad I kept going. Honestly, it was my friends and my extra curriculars that got me through. 

University isn't all peaches and cream. It's stressful, you'll fall out with people and you'll experience feelings you have never felt before. I've battled with my anxiety which began in my first year. But surrounding yourself with people who understand, and who will love you know matter what is the main thing. 

So is the debt and stress worth it? At the moment, I think so. I cannot thank this experience enough, and when I look back, I won't remember the times when I was worrying myself stupid or crying over my lack of dissertation writing. I'll remember the amazing memories, the people I met and the places we went. Some people 'find themselves' when they go travelling, I found myself at university. I look back at how far I have come and can't help but smile at the awkward teen who was too scared to introduce herself to a next door neighbor. 

 Now, I'm ready for the last few weeks in Leamington before heading home and onto the next chapter. 









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  1. Congratulations on finishing! I agree with you - I'll have gained a lot more from university than just a degree. I've made some great friends and forged a strong sense of independence that I don't think I'd have done so easily without moving away and doing my course. University also pushed me out of my comfort zones, tested my limits and taught me where to draw boundaries in order to manage stress. I needed to go to university for the career I wanted so for me it was not just worth it, but essential. However I still think a well-chosen university course is still worth the time and money for anyone who wants to do it.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Congratulations on reaching the end of it all, the last year is quite a slog isn't it! Did you live in Leamington? It's a very nice area is Leamington! What are your plans, or are you sick of people asking you that lol! I'm glad I did my degree in history many moons ago but I don't think it really helped me find myself, i'm only recently getting there and i'm 28! But I really loved the uni I was at and the subject, back then I wouldn't have studied anything else! x
    Amy at Amy & More

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  3. Lovely post! Congratulations on finishing - it feels so great doesn't it? I think a big thing about university is getting more out of it than just a degree and some people just don't see that! It can push you right out of your comfort zone and make you find out so much about yourself that you just wouldn't know otherwise! Good luck with everything!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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  4. I love this post. I've graduated almost a year now and I almost feel I've learnt more for life just with just being at Uni rather than completing it. Did you know there are more graduates than there are jobs? Is it worth it if that's what us students have to deal with as soon as we leave? In a sense, yes. Because I definitely would not be where I am today. BUT, I won't say it's thanks to educatiing myself further. They should open up more community centres and colleges nationally, solely to promote getting together for sport, classes etc.

    xx

    Alexis

    www.myspoonfulofsugar.co.uk

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