As much as we like to complain about it, being a student is rather easy. You probably don’t have bills to pay or other mouths to feed and you can get a free McFlurry with your ID badge. However, one of the hardest parts is making choices. I don’t mean choosing which texts you’ll study for your English Literature coursework or having to make a short film with a budget of around £0 (both prospects I’m rather concerned about), I’m talking about what you do next. There are so many options and very few find it easy to choose from the possibilities. I hope to at least marginally help anyone currently struggling with this kind of decision.
My first tip would be to isolate your decision from everyone else’s opinion. Input can be helpful and it’s important to have as much information as you possibly can but try not to let others have any effect on your choice. This will affect your future, not theirs. If I did what I thought others wanted me to do, I’d currently be working towards medical school despite the idea of being a doctor or vet boring me to near death. Another good idea would be to physically note down all the options you’re considering and then list all the pros and cons. You could then cross a few off the list if they no longer seem as viable. It’s unlikely this will narrow it down to one possibility but it should make things easier.
The best piece of advice I can give you is this – don’t be afraid to make the wrong decision. I won’t lie, choosing your university or which apprenticeship you’ll do or which degree you’ll study for are all important and will have an impact on your life. It isn’t the be-all and end-all though. Your decision isn’t locked in, should it not work out you can change your mind and try a different route. Don’t panic, stay calm and have faith that, if not immediately, you’ll find what works for you. Keep at it and stay positive.