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Should I go to university: my story

Unlike my friends, I did not attend any UCAS or University related presentations or information events. I was positive that I was not going to attend university.

By Sophie Gower - 2 May 2018

I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career when I came towards the end of my studies at sixth form and I knew I didn’t want to move away from home (which is something I know many students find difficult).

Instead, I attended numerous appointments with the careers advisor, to see if she could point me in the right direction in terms of employment. Despite the careers advisor’s best efforts, I was still finding it hard to browse through various job roles, which linked to the courses I studied at sixth form; Double Applied ICT and Product Design. I had no choice but to leave sixth form with my A-Levels and decide what I wanted to do in my own time.

Whilst all my friends were preparing to go to university and moving away from home, I still hadn’t made any decisions on what I wanted to do, and at this point I felt like I had been thrown into the deep end of entering the big working world on my own. In fact, it took me a whole 12 boring months, to finally decide what I wanted to do, which was to study a computing related course at university. This way I would be able to move forward with my A-Levels and therefore gain even better qualifications.

It was September 2016; I had a whole year of deciding what I wanted to do. I was still looking at potential courses that I could study when the University of Derby came to mind, only 12 miles away from home and easy to travel to via the train and bus. I was searching on the website for a computing related course, when I spotted the ‘Marketing (Digital)’ course. When I read the course information it sounded so interesting, especially with my love for advertising. That same day, I contacted the course leader, and arranged a meeting for the next week. Everything went so well, and I was so happy that I finally knew what and where I was going to study for the next 3/4 years.

So, what changed my mind?

I just wish I had have known what I wanted to do sooner, like all of my friends, however I am very glad that I didn’t rush into my career. I don’t think I would be where I am now, just coming up to finishing my second year studying ‘Marketing (Digital)’, if I hadn’t taken my time to decide. I am loving it!

3 tips for any student that is unsure on the prospect of going to university

As I said above, I didn’t attend any presentations or information evenings, or even visit any universities on open days, and I regret it, as I could be either on placement year or in my final year right now, just like my friends from sixth form. I am loving being at university and I’m so glad I took my time to settle on it being the direction I wanted to go.

About the author

Sophie Gower
BA (Hons) Marketing (Digital) student

I am a student currently studying BA (Hons) Marketing (Digital).