Discuss: my experience with university

Over the past couple of days teens across the country have found out whether they got into university or not so I wanted to share my experience with university and start a bit of a discussion. 

I’d spent two years at college studying Forensic Science and was planning to go to university to study Forensic Science. I didn’t really think about whether or not I wanted to go to university, I just thought I had to do it. 

One year and a half later I found myself quitting and starting a marketing apprenticeship. 

There were two reason behind me quitting. The first was that I realised it wasn’t something I wanted to do as a job, it fascinated me (and still does) to learn about forensic science but as a job it wasn’t what I thought. Believe me I didn’t go into it expecting it to be like CSI but it was boring in comparison to what I expected. 

The second was that I didn’t feel I was being prepared for a career. Instead I felt I was just being taught to pass exams. One and a half years in and £12k down, I didn’t feel like I was getting my money’s worth and felt incredibly under prepared. 

My apprenticeship gave me more experience in a year than I’d got in one and a half years at university. Granted they were different subjects entirely but university could never have offered me that kind of experience even if I’d studied marketing. 

I don’t have a single regret about leaving university and I am glad I left because it was the right thing for me to do. I’m also grateful for the support I received from my family and Tom because it wasn’t an easy decision to make and it was scary being a ‘dropout’. 

I’ve spoken to other friends who went to university without really asking themselves whether it was what they wanted. 

At 18 years old you can’t be expected to know what you want to do and with yearly fees of up to £9,000 you owe it to yourself to make sure it’s what you really want to do. Don’t feel pressured into it and don’t feel you have to go because that’s what you’re ‘supposed to do’. 

There are other options such as apprenticeships which allow you to learn on the job and earn a wage. Over the past couple of years I’ve spoken to a few business owners who prefer to take on an apprentice or someone with experience instead of someone with a degree.

I’m not trying to say university is wrong at all I just believe that everyone deservers to think hard about whether it’s right for them or not because you are kind of ‘sold’ university. 

Did you / didn’t you go to university? What are your thoughts?