Going To University? Not Going To University?

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's that time of year again.  Many of you will have received your result for A Levels and you are probably trying to figure out what to do in the future.  Some of you may have just graduation and wondering "what now? What next?" If you have that figured out then that's great! If you haven't then don't worry.
Take heed from some bloggers and vloggers who were probably in your situation at one point and feeling the same way as you.

Lily Melrose

Lily Pebbles

Suzie of Hello October

Lucy of Lucy's Lookbook

Olivia of Liv Purvis

Sammi Maria of Beautycrush


Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup

Louise of Sprinkle Of Glitter and Zoe of Zoella

Fleur of Fleur De Force

Student Life Blog

My experience:
Currently I am studying a degree in Politics and Sociology at the University of  Leeds.  Long story short: After I finished my GCSEs I studied A Levels from 2009 to 2011 but I did poorly in them, so that was a really bad time for me.  I took a gap year from 2011 to 2012.

While I was on a gap year I did freelance blogging work, worked in a store and did some work experience for an MP.  I also reapplied to go to university.  I had considered studying professional qualifications but at that point I did not know what I wanted to do and since I was 15 years old I had always wanted to go to university.  For myself, studying at university meant gaining better employment prospects, keeping my career options open, furthering myself academically and having new experiences.

I applied to university courses with a foundation year.  The University of Leeds had a social science course with a foundation course integrated. So I came to the University of Leeds in September 2012! I studied the Social Science foundation year (Year 0) from 2012-2013 and gained a 2:1, which was fantastic, and the right classification needed to get onto a Politics degree.  Since September 2013 I have been studying a degree in (BA) Politics and Sociology since September 2013.  I have just completed Year 1 of the course and I gained a 2:1! I will be going into Year 2 of my course this September.

Since coming to Leeds I have really enjoyed my time here.  Even though at times I have been stressed out by my course and some personal issues, I have been enjoying my experience so much and I don't want it to end! Coming to university was one of the best decisions of my life and I glad I never gave up on going because I nearly didn't go and I may never have gone otherwise.

My future
What do I want to do in life? Get an education - doing that right now! - have a high flying successful career, and travel around the world.

I really want to have a highly successful career working in media, journalism, public relations or something related to these fields.  From a young age I have always been really ambitious and I have always wanted to make something of myself.  Ideally I would like a career where I can progress rapidly, get paid well, and go to many places, meet amazing people and have amazing experiences.

Right now I have been building up my portfolio and trying to gain contact and connections into these industries.  I have a lot of experience in journalism and blogging - I have been writing from the age of 17 and I write so much at university - but my aim at the moment is to get some work experience within PR/Marketing/Advertising/Media Planning within a year.  Starting my blog (in November 2013) was a way for my to build my portfolio, get experience, gain connections and get myself out into the public domain.

My advice:
Do not fret.  You actually have a lot more options than you think. Do not make any rash decisions. Don't rush into any anything. Sit down and think about what you really want to do, and don't listen to what other people want you to do.  People will always chime in and try to tell you what to do with your life/future but this is your life/future after all. I love being at university but that doesn't mean that everyone else will.

Think about the pros and cons of your decisions, and see if the pros outweigh the cons, or if the cons outweigh the pros. Your decisions could affect your future, even the rest of your life, so make sure you are making the right decision for yourself.


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