Is University For You?

If you're planning on going to uni, how do you know if it's for the right reasons? Find out here.

Good Reasons

  • Gaining that degree and adding more honours to your well-polished CV.
    Arguably the central reason why you're going to university in the first place. A degree is the reward for all that hard work and your future employers will look at it and admire you for earning one.
  • Make friends and create a whole new social circle.
    Making new friends is so important at university; after all, you will virtually see these people 24/7 and you all have a common bond.
  • Spread your wings and gain more independence in a new environment.
    This is probably the most useful of all the reasons to go. You will become more mature and self-sufficient in your ways, which will be helpful for when you leave.
  • Find out more about yourself and your personality.
    Joining some of the many clubs that your Student Union has to offer is a must. This includes sports or societies that you may never have participated in before. You might even discover a talent you never knew you had.

Bad Reasons

  • Your parents want you to go to university without fail and expect the best.
    It's only natural for them to want the best for you but don't feel like you are letting your folks down if you don't go. Tell them what you really want to do in a mature manner and they should understand.
  • Your friends are all going away to university and you feel left out.
    There is no need whatsoever to feel like this. You are an individual and you have to decide what you want to do with your life, just don't feel like you have to go to university just because your friends have. They are not real friends if they forget about you in a hurry.
  • You prefer the thought of an 'easy' student life to getting a full-time job.
    Unfortunately, this is the fact of life that most people dread, with lie-ins few and far between. If you make the mistake of prolonging your student years longer than you should, it could turn out to be a costly error in terms of both money and time.
  • You think that the lifestyle of waking up at midday, getting drunk on cheap beer and watching Countdown for a living is the one for you.
    If the stereotype of the lazy tax-dodger appeals to you then great. Don't forget you will be in for a nasty shock when you realise that work actually has to get done, and you have to meet strict deadlines.
  • You are going to uni simply to get away from it all? You've chosen a totally random course that you just won't enjoy? You have problems at home that you would rather not face?
    If this is a reason for going then don't bother. Putting distance between you and your problems won't make them go away, in fact the pressures of uni could make them worse. Talk to someone, maybe a lecturer at college, or your parents and see what advice they can offer for you in your situation.