In the interests of keeping this post upbeat and not drag on too long, I’ll try to be brief today! So I’ve wanted to write a little post about my university experience for a while now. It’s something I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do and I feel like there’s a lot of debate around further education. It’s been nearly 3 years since I graduated which makes it easier to look back and talk about what I learnt from it all.
So I may have mention previously that I actually quit uni twice before finally completing my degree which probably reveals a lot. When I did get through my degree it was in Fashion at Newcastle College and I came out with a 2.1. I’ve got to say by the end of the three years my heart just wasn’t in it and I just wanted the whole thing to be over with so I could start working instead. To be completely transparent, I spent the whole time unsure I’d made the right decision and worried about my future- which was pretty depressing!
It’s not that I wasn’t academic or creative or even that I wasn’t interested in the subject I was studying. I just honestly think that University isn’t for everyone. When I left school I think there was a lot more pressure on young people to ‘get an education’ and that University was the only path into a ‘good’ job. As I’m way past my school days now, I can’t say for certain but its seems like the rise in fees and lack of graduate jobs has relaxed that attitude a little now.
For me, I reckon those years would have been better spent gaining experience in the real working world. I also wish I’d used my spare time more wisely- doing placements or creative projects or even just keeping a blog. I totally understand that for some careers University is the only way but for others maybe that time and money could be spent better elsewhere? At 18, I feel like I was too young and inexperienced to decide what I wanted to do too. Although that doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone!
Let me know what you think… Did you have a positive or negative experience with further education?
Love Eleanor x