With many 18 year olds, receiving their results just around the corner, some of them will be preparing for the biggest adventure of their lives. Notice how I say 'some' and not 'all' or even 'the majority' as I could have said in previous years. This year sees a considerably lower amount of teenagers taking the plunge. The reason…that the adults who received free university education now demands £9000 a year from us. So…is it worth it?
The automatic answer would be – no! In my experience, the teaching from the lecturers doesn’t come anywhere close to being worth the £9000 fee but even if it was a lot better, nothing could quite live up to that outrageous amount of money. Even if you are on a vocational course, such as teaching, medicine, dentistry, law or journalism, the benefits of university can be limited, even though I(f you would actually like a job in any of those fields), you HAVE to go to university. As a trainee teacher, I find my lectures a little uninspiring to say the least and the only useful part of the course is the experience.
But the overall experience is the one aspect of university that puts it a cut above school, college or anything else. University has never just been about the academic side of life, otherwise we would all be sitting in our parents’ houses, learning what we need to know from Open University. So, taking into account everything else, I would say a huge YES, university is so so worth it.
First and foremost, it forces you to look after yourself, so that you do all your own cooking, cleaning and washing, giving you a defined sense of independence that many teenagers have not yet experienced. But, perhaps more importantly than that, are all the numerous social opportunities of learning to live with people, learning to walk into a room of strangers and instantly make friends and being involved with the plentiful societies that every university has. If there is one tip I can give to anyone starting in the next month or so, is to join a society. It is such a great way to find people who you know you will get on with, because you all have a similar interest in common.
Therefore, my advice is if you have the chance, definitely go to university. And while you’re there, embrace every situation and opportunity thrown your way. Join societies, make friends, learn to live and most importantly, have fun while you can. Before you spend the rest of your working life repaying the debt.