Since starting university, I’ve had multiple people ask me some very common questions, and so I thought why not compile them into a little Q&A feature for this month?
Should I choose the higher ranked university that I didn’t think was as nice, or the lower ranked one that I felt was nicer?
Usually, I would say choose the one that makes you feel more comfortable, 100%. You cannot expect to thrive when you aren’t feeling comfortable, or don’t have as many opportunities and activities, otherwise you become bored and lose interest. You will get from university what you make of it; not from what the university makes of itself. However, there are some exceptions. If you want to go into a career that always requires a degree, and one university is several ranks higher than the one you prefer, I would recommend you choose that one, as unfortunately, many jobs today have strict qualification requirements, and will choose based on your university’s prestige. However, if they are only 2 or three ranks apart, then go with the one you felt most comfortable at!
What if I only want to go for the experience?
This is a tough one. On the one hand, university has been a phenomenal experience for me so far, and it’s only been one semester. However, if you aren’t aiming for the degree, or won’t put it to any use, £47,000 (average) is a large debt to put yourself into, when memories can easily be made elsewhere. If you don’t want anything to do with the degree, then I’d say don’t go, and if you’re considering the possibility of wanting the degree as well, then take a gap year; if you’re still rooting for it a year later then chances are it’s meant to be!
What if my friends aren’t going?
Still go! I’ve made more new friends in my first semester of university than I did in my two years of sixth form; you will have new friends in your life, as well as your old ones to cherish and make memories with!