As a current student in my first year of sixth form (year 12), I am first hand experiencing the pressures which school’s put on to their students about going to university and making vital decisions about what they want to do with their lives.
Personally, I have always been quite sure that I want to go to university, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I had decided what I wanted to study. I went in to sixth form doing 4 options, these being; art, photography, media and IT and it didn’t take me long to fall out of love with art which made me realise that it definitely wasn’t the path that I wanted to go down so I made the decision to drop it and I’m so glad that I did. I’m really pleased with all of my other subjects so took them all in to consideration when deciding what I want to do in the future and something which contains different aspects from these courses is marketing, specifically, the course I am looking at doing is ‘Advertising, Branding and Marketing’ which is quite specific so not many courses run it as most tend to focus on just marketing as a whole. Although I don’t do business studies as one of my a level options, I did it for GCSE and got an A in it so I know that I have got some pre-existing knowledge but after speaking to uni’s about it, they treat everyone on the course as if they haven’t studied business before so this made me feel a lot better about it!
So far, I have been to visit the university of Gloucester and Worcester which are both around an hour and a half from where I live. I really enjoyed looking around both of these uni’s because they were in lovely areas and had great facilities for what I want to do. Currently, it looks like Gloucester will be my first choice because of how impressed I was at everything and I could definitely picture myself studying there but Worcester is still definitely an option. I also really need to book on to a few more open days so that I keep my options open but it is annoying that not many places do this exact course.
I have realised this year how lucky I am that I actually am to be able to have an idea of what I’d like to do because I know that there are so many people, not only in my year, that still don’t have much of an idea. If you are one of these people then just know that you still have time because everyone has a passion/interest, it may just take a while for you to realise it. Also, if you are just leaving sixth form/college then I think that a gap year is an amazing idea, especially if you are planning on travelling because this will really help you find a passion. One of my ambitions in life was to do a gap year and move to Disney Florida for the year working at Disney, however, I have now decided that because the courses that I am looking at contain a placement year, I may be better off going to do it then as I will be much more independent and used to living away from home already.
I do think that schools and colleges put a lot of pressure on students a bit too early, for example, my school from the very beginning have always spoken about thinking of what you want to do in the future which I found very stressful because at the beginning of the year, I was completely clueless and thought that I would never find something but it was when I stopped thinking about it all the time that it came to me. I also think that schools should provide a lot more information about getting an apprenticeship or going straight in to a job as for many people this would be a good/better option.
Overall, I’m pleased that I have got a decision on what I’d like to study and thought that this post may be helpful or make you feel a bit better if you are in the same situation. As I can see myself continuing this blog for a long time, I think it would be nice to share my experiences on topics like this as I will definitely be sharing more about it when I eventually do go to university.
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