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Go to University

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You can make your A-levels a horrible memory

It seems bizarre, but I found that the best way to move on from A-level results days was realising that I was venturing into the big bad world of university. When you're at university, nobody actually cares how you did in your exams. You were smart in secondary school, so what?

You'll actually be interested in what you're learning

At school, you have no say in what you get to learn but at university, you do. You don't even have to stick to the parameters of your course - I took a module in media studies last year. Because I could.

Cash

When we consider the long term effects of going to university, you can't deny that there are a few benefits. You're much more likely to be living it large one day. The average graduate this year earns a salary that starts at £26,000. That's 4% more than graduates were earning in 2009. Realistically, there's not really been a better time to study a degree.

The benefits you can bring to your country

The UK is, let's be honest, slightly deprived of skills, and is in desperate need of highly educated people. And university, well, it educates people... highly. So, by studying at university, you can tell all your distant relatives who have taken a sudden interest in their soon-to-be graduate relation, that you're working for Britain. Of course, don't let it slip that working means sleeping all day, dossing around and bringing severe damage to your liver.

It's the one chance you get to doss around.

If you're one of THOSE people who thinks that the benefits of leaving education and launching yourself into full time work is better than the student lifestyle, think again. Admittedly, the average wage that young people and students earn isn't all that, (and that's if you can even find a job), but weigh that against our way of life. It is a rare moment in my life when anyone in my house is awake before 9am. Your average boss wouldn't allow you to put your feet up at half past nine every morning to watch Jeremy Kyle, never mind the benefits of 1:25pm and 2:15pm viewings, which is a necessity if you, like me, are not awake until past midday.

Tell me what else you're going to do?

Without a degree, finding a good and well-paid job is tough. All your student friends will be calling you at 1am from a far, honouring you with drunken texts and telling you how much fun they're having. You'll still be living at home with your parents, with your curfew and rules. You might as well bite the bullet, and get going, either to move out or go to university. Or both.

Remember, it's never too late.

You don't necessarily have to be fresh out of school to be able to cash in on a student loan and go to university. I know people on my course at university who are nearing their thirties, (and doing a much better job than me at passing their degrees.) It's never ever too late to get educated.

Getting to meet people

The first day of moving into your brand new accommodation is one of the most exciting and scary days that you'll ever experience. Sharing accommodation with dozens of teenagers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The kitchens will become rat-ridden, the sink will be piled high with crockery and there will be arguments about borrowed milk or bread, but you will make amazing lifelong friends. You'll learn how to do magical things called cooking, budgeting and being independent. And it's actually fun, especially when you're surrounded by like-minded people to either sympathise with you or to laugh at when things go wrong.

You'll have crazy experiences that you can't find anywhere else.

Since being at university, I've joined the student newspaper, history society, photography society, media society, French society... So maybe I haven't been involved with all of them, but that's just because I've been making friends, working and watching Jeremy Kyle. I've made last minute decisions to sign up to societies that I know I wouldn't be able to be a part of in a million years, like cheerleading or vegetable appreciation groups. I've stayed up chatting until dawn and won an awards. I've stayed in clubs until closing time and even had conversations with hobos at 4am. Student life will offer you opportunities that go way beyond education.

There's a very small chance that you'll 'go down in history.'

By the time that you graduate, it may turn out that your course has inspired you into new found greatness. It's the ultimate reason to go to university: spending three years meeting new people, enjoying yourself and figuring out who you are might push you to work out what it is you want to do with your life.

So, if I were you, I'd go for it. If you're going to university this year, good luck! And if not, well, good luck for if or when you do decide to go.

Success stories

Emilija Ilić

Jan 20 at 10:53 am
University of science and mathemstics in Nish. -maths student

Mája Zunová

Nov 06 at 20:46 pm
Went to university and finished successfully in 2014.

Anne Chauhan

May 03 at 05:45 am
university of delhi 2016-2019 batch

Charlotte Birkbeck

Mar 21 at 17:40 pm
graduated with a 2:1 in history

sehrish saghir

Jan 14 at 01:12 am
get into medical college

Aashi Kapoor

Dec 17 at 16:09 pm
Already studying in a university

Alexandra Ramos

Dec 10 at 03:58 am
I actually still don't believe I made it. I'm studying in the most beautiful Portuguese University that's also considered world hertitage by UNESCO.

Joseph Tucker

Dec 09 at 03:35 am
No success. Budget cut, I got removed from the roster. :-(

Siru Wallin

Nov 03 at 01:26 am
Started then.

Frances N Benjamin Taylor

Mar 20 at 20:29 pm
UNA

Barbaros Gozneli

Feb 20 at 18:11 pm
Graduated

scathee xx

Feb 20 at 00:13 am
i still can't believe i did it

kam a

Feb 15 at 08:21 am
I was accepted into University of Turku.

Emilia Lehtimäki

Feb 14 at 19:16 pm
UEF

Martina Klemencic

Feb 13 at 11:42 am
Got my diploma. I became a teacher :)

Hang Le

Feb 04 at 19:13 pm
I'm a student at HUTECH university.

Shannon Kokkonen

Jan 21 at 08:11 am
I'm a non-traditional student but I'm taking baby steps to my degree

keylah Gianni

Jan 20 at 23:28 pm
Graduation from university

Stephanie AZIZ

Jan 20 at 15:23 pm
Université de Lille 2 - Medical student

Natalie Dawn Jensen

Jan 13 at 07:49 am
finished my masters at Copenhagen university

Margarida Alves

Jan 12 at 15:44 pm
still in it. its my second year and let me tell its the greatesf experience of my life!

Alina Masotti

Jan 08 at 02:45 am
Now, I have to finish. lol.

Pre Kaur

Jan 06 at 23:43 pm
Done

Inês Marques

Jan 06 at 20:11 pm
done done done

3/ 4

Jan 02 at 21:29 pm
started in 2015!

Erin O'Brien

Dec 28 at 06:30 am
....

April Nettum

Dec 28 at 02:03 am
Graduated from NDSU.

Baby Lullaby

Dec 28 at 01:17 am
n/a

Alex Roles

Dec 26 at 19:30 pm
Bristol uni

Marnelle Janse van Rensburg

Dec 26 at 07:31 am
Started in 2011 and finished 2014 with a degree Cum Laude in Dance Teaching. I do wish that I studied something more ordinary.

Emily Clapham

Dec 26 at 00:22 am
BaHons Childhood Studies

Claire Hall

Dec 19 at 12:29 pm
Graduated Maynooth ☺

Daiana Muniz

Dec 17 at 00:33 am
IFSC

Kate S

Dec 16 at 21:06 pm
graduated

Masooma A

Dec 13 at 02:03 am
bms done!

maritess brondo

Dec 09 at 11:43 am
way to go...

MacKenzie Hand

Dec 02 at 19:29 pm
Currently in University

JeongWon Choi

Nov 17 at 13:04 pm
Because Im Korean..?