I know it can be hard for young people to decide whether or not to enter higher education.
There are many things to consider, especially when it comes to finances, choosing the right course and what personal objectives it will help to achieve.
I had all kinds of questions running in my head before I completed my UCAS application:
What will it cost?
Is it worth it?
Do I really want to do this?
It’s quite frightening really! I have to admit that I still had these questions unanswered all the way throughout the first year – the university seemed totally different from school and college and I was unsure whether I belonged there.
But I made a choice even though I didn’t know whether this was right for me. Why did I do it?
Well, simply because there isn’t such thing as a right or wrong choice.
Any choice or experience is there to give an opportunity for growth. And it can only be good, right?
I have been born and raised in Vilnius, Lithuania and when I was 15 I made a life-changing decision to move to the UK.
When I say life-changing, trust me, I am not being over-dramatic, I think the journey it took me on has shaped me into the person I am today and taught me a lot of things which I am grateful for.
Speaking of which, if there are any international students reading this blog now – whether you have been here for a few years or recently arrived – you will know what I am talking about: the cultural change, feeling like the fish out of water and the excitement of making new friends – all of these things we have surely experienced.
Since I arrived in the UK nearly 8 years ago I have been on an educational journey ever since.
First of all, I studied Media in college, because my lifelong dream was to become a journalist. Unfortunately, at the time I thought my English language skills were never going to be good enough to continue following my dream and I really lacked the confidence needed to further pursue it.
I then decided to enrol into a Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy course which was my second best option and a personal hobby. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course, but after it all came to an end I realised (better late than never) that I didn’t want to wax women’s legs for a living!
At the time I thought “woah, I’ve spent 5 years of my life learning things I can’t/don’t want to do”. It almost made me reluctant to carry on and try other options…
What happened then? I chose to take another chance and applied to University of Chichester.
Three years onwards I have nearly finished my Human Resource Management bachelor’s degree and I could not be happier with my decision this time around!
Over time I have come to the conclusion that the time spent in education is never time wasted. All my past experiences provided me with a varied skillset, which I now really appreciate.
Whether I pursue a career in Human Resources or choose a different path in the future, I can still confidently say that my university experience has changed my life and my way of thinking.
Now, I feel empowered to achieve anything I want and chase my dreams no matter what!
Really, whether you’re a home or an international student, you might have the same worries as many other young people (including me) and you may feel confused, afraid of making mistakes, making the wrong choices…
But just so you know there’s no such thing as a wrong choice or a bad decision.
In the words of the beautiful and famous Marilyn Monroe: “Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”
I hope my example can show anyone who is unsure or afraid, that it is OK to try different things – successes and setbacks will eventually lead to better things and when you’re young you’re not supposed to have it all figured out. So don’t stress, take opportunities and don’t regret a thing! 🙂