Thursday, 29 September 2016

Do I Regret Not Going To University?

Growing up I always wanted to be two things, a mum and a teacher. From an early age I loved playing mum and looking after my dolls. I was forever pushing them around in prams, pretending to change nappies and feeding them. As I got older I stopped mothering my dolls and started pretending to teach them. I'd use my chalk board and write the date in the top corner and begin teaching. I've no idea what I was teaching them but enjoyed planning out lessons and pretending.

Me at 18

Throughout school I was never the top achieving student, don't get me wrong I did well but I wasn't an A* student. At college I really struggled with what to take, I didn't know which path to follow. In the end I took English Literature (which I hated), Psychology (which I enjoyed) and Dance (I wanted to take something out of my comfort zone and grow my confidence). Again I did well but then I was stuck. I didn't want to be a dancer or do anything in psychology so I applied for a teaching course at one university and got turned down. I only applied to one as I really didn't want to go anywhere else. I figured that if I didn't get in it just wasn't meant to be. I didn't want to push the idea of university as to be honest I didn't want all that debt. Around this time I also met Mark and we had discussed moving in together which was also a huge thing.

I feel like university is a big thing. It's life changing and as well as the learning side of things it also has a huge social side. The first thing I think of when I think of university is  honestly, debt. Maybe that's the more practical side of me. My Voucher Codes recently looked into seeing if having a degree is really worth it. A lot of people are very successful even without going to university. It costs a lot of money to attend university. Once you take into account fees, living costs and then all the extras it soon adds up. So, is it worth heading to university? Do I regret not going?

Looking back I think I made the right choice. I could of applied to many more universities and got a place but it just wasn't the right decision for me. I wasn't 100% sure on if teaching was the right thing for me and couldn't risk all that debt for nothing. Of course, if I hadn't of met Mark I might have pushed myself a little bit but I ended up going to a specialist beauty college and loved my time there. I ended up breaking my arm just before my final exams, but that's another story!

I still think about becoming a teacher but now I have 2, nearly 3, children of my own I'm not sure that's something I want to do anymore. For now I'm happy staying home with them, who knows what will happen in the future.

Nicola Xx

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