Thursday, 1 September 2016

IS UNI FOR YOU?




It's the 1st of September which means its back to school month. Many of you have asked to write about uni life and what i think about uni, so i thought this was the best time. For those of you who don't know, i am currently entering my third year this October studying BA Journalism & Media. You might think "that seems fun and interesting" but let me tell you it's the furthest thing from fun. When i first started uni i was so excited, thinking studying journalism would be more practical and that we would be sent out to the real life to find real stories. Imagine my disappointment when the first (and only) "real" life piece we had to cover was on a Museum of Things exhibition near by. So this is why every time someone i know is thinking about going to uni i ask them if it's what they really want. Uni isn't exactly as realistic as they make it out in their brochures - and movies for that matter haha. Make sure you do your FULL and THOROUGH research before you jump to enrol at a university. Think about what you want to study, will it stay the same throughout the year? - because changing courses is a hassle - does it correlate with your future career plans? .. You have to take all these into consideration.

Another thing i would advice is, NOT ALL CAREERS NEED A UNIVERSITY DEGREE. I say this because i had friends who wanted to be photographers, get in the gaming industry, even the music industry and news flash, you don't need a degree in all the above. Society, schools - and parents - may pressure you into believing that the only way to get somewhere in life is by getting a degree at a prestigious university, but thats not true! I briefly mentioned this in my 'LIFE DOESN'T ALWAYS GO AS PLANNED' post here and i said that times have changed and our future can no longer be entirely planned out like before. Jobs no longer require just degrees, and focus on how ‘experienced’ you are. So what i'm trying to say is that if you're more interested in getting yourself out there and want to do something in your life that you're really passionate about and that you can actually control, i wouldn't advise uni for you. I would tell you to finish school, finish college and just get out there! Grab opportunities, meet new people & find connections. Put yourself out there because the world is your oyster. The truth is, university doesn't prepare you for the outside world, in fact it does quite the opposite. It puts you in this bubble of classroom walls, libraries, and by the time it's exam season the entire campus looks like a zombie apocalypse.

Exam season:
  •  running around looking for your professor
  • going to the library to study but there's no seats because you're obviously not the only student with exams coming up
  • social life = non existent  
  • the bags under your eyes growing darker
  • surviving on instant coffee 
  • (and the list can go on)
Is that even healthy? More importantly, is it worth it?


However, if you are like me and into more academic subjects & humanities, then yes, i will admit you will need a degree to get a job. So just try your best and get through it. Just remember to stack up on your instant coffee, concealer and bottled water, before exam season.

Anyway, i don't know if this was much help haha whether you see this as a rant, or just friendly advice, i do wish you luck on your academic year and i hope everything works out in your favour :)

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE XO
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  1. How relevant to my decision to weather to continue uni or not, this gave me the boost I needed ����

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    1. Aw that's great to hear! I'm so glad i helped :) good luck with everything x

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