Friday, 23 May 2014

A brief apology.

I know I've been a little MIA recently and I'm sorry! But with my final A Level exams looming I've been holed away revising, a lot. I just wanted to let you know that I will be back after everything's done and dusted and just to reassure you that I'm not completely ditching this blogging business.

Thank you and I'll (hopefully) be back soon!

- Millie xx

Friday, 9 May 2014

What on earth am I going to do with my life?

UCAS has probably been one of my most heard and said words within the last six months. Since September it seems that all I, and my friends, could think and talk about was 'what uni are you going to?' and 'what course are you planning on doing'. But what if you don't want to go to uni? Do you just go with the flow of endless rewriting of personal statements and UCAS track? Or do you decide that university isn't for you and search for other options? For me right now it is definitely the latter and not only because the UCAS deadline is long gone.

Of course at the beginning of the year I was as excited as anyone about moving away from home and living on my own. I even went to several open days at universities and honestly loved them. But I very occasionally felt that I was just going with the flow as other options weren't really explored too much at my sixth form. And then one day I just decided. University isn't for me. And despite my friends repeatedly asking 'are you sure?' and my granddad viewing it as 'a disappointment' that isn't going to change. Sometimes I just wanted to scream 'I don't have to go to university! It isn't compulsory!' I know I'd be crap at university, for a few simple reasons:

  • I know I wouldn't study. I do the bare minimum now and I despise it.
  • Money was a big factor for me. University right now is very expensive and the thought of the thousands of pounds of debt I'd be in when I left isn't justified for me at the moment.
  • I didn't know what I wanted to do for a job after I left university, so what on earth was I going to study?

I completely understand that for many people university is essential for their dream job or they just feel that it's the right path for them. But everyone is different so why should everyone follow the same path? So I decided to look for other options and settled on doing an apprenticeship because if I wasn't going to have a degree I felt like I'd need something to show that I made the right choice. Right now I'm planning to do a Marketing/ Social Media Apprenticeship and am looking for the right placement, but I'm still in sixth form so I have some time. As I've seen from the people around me it's very unlikely for someone my age not to either go straight on to uni or plan to after a gap year and a lot of people disagreed with my decision insisting that I'd regret it. But so far, I haven't. I'm so glad that I didn't just follow along with what everyone else was doing and I know I'm going to be much happier for it. And if later on in my life I decide I want to go to university, I can! It isn't exclusively for 18 year olds!

This is completely my own opinion and please don't see this as my trying to put people off going to university. This is just how I felt and what I am now doing following these decisions. I don't mean any offence to those who disagree with me. Thank you!

--Millie xx