Q&A With Someone That Decided Not To Go To University

Q&A With Someone That Decided Not To Go To University

WHAT?! NO DEGREE?! IS THAT EVEN LEGAL?!
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As my junior year of college has just come to a close, I have been wondering ‘where would I be without school?’ ‘what on earth would I be doing?’ We have all heard it, that people went to college and got a degree that they never use, or they are drowning in debt, or their college experience was mainly partying and binge drinking, not so much schooling and practical experience. So, what if I had never gone?

To take a glimpse into what a life without a four-year college education may look like, I decided to sit down with someone who has not gone onto further education at university level. I spoke to him about his reasoning for not going and what his present looks like at 21 years old, and what he expects to see in the future.

Why didn’t you go to uni?

I didn’t know what I wanted to do at the time and it didn’t seem a great plan spending all that money on tuition when I wasn’t 100% on where I wanted my career path to go.

What did you or are you doing instead?

I took a year out to work and try out as many things as I could to see if it would lead me somewhere and it led me into a more defined career path and certainty in what I wanted to do.

How has not going affected you?

It’s made me try lots of different things and experiment and eventually got me a really good job.

What do you do as a job now?

I am an automotive technician at one of the largest vehicle rental companies in the UK. It even has a Royal Warrant.

Do you feel like you missed out socially?

I have reached the stage in life where that doesn’t matter anymore, a promising career, stable job and a good salary make up many times over for what I could have missed socially. And I already have a large group of very close mates.

If you could, would you go back and make a different decision to go?

No, I would not, I feel like I made the best choice I could have made.

Do you plan on ever going to uni? Why or why not?

I do, as it is the right thing for me to do at this point in my life. Thanks to the experience I have gained working, I know what I want to do, and it will further my career goals. I 100% want to do so in the near future.

What advice would you give someone who is questioning whether or not to go?

I would say to try and do what you love in life and not worry about Uni at the moment, as you can go whenever you want, in a years time or a few years you will definitely have a better idea of what you want to do and going in as a mature student has many benefits over going in straight after A levels (or high school).

And would you still identify as successful right now, even without a degree?

I would identify as more successful than if I had just completed a degree. As I would have tens of thousands of pounds of debt, no certainty of a job, a degree I wasn’t sure I wanted and would have just spent three-plus years of what could have already been put into a job, and be carving out a career with a good company.




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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Dear Senioritis, You Have Taken Many Of My Bretheren, But You Shall Not Take Me

Bring. It. On.

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It is one of the deadliest diseases known to high schoolers around the world. It takes the lives of thousands every year in high schools big and small. It rampages and destroys grades and social lives everywhere. Even worse, it is one of the oldest plagues with no known cure that every generation has dealt with.

What could I possible be talking about?

Senioritis, of course. Senioritis, as described by Google, is a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance. Basically, it's the last semester of high school, and no one cares about anything but graduation. Symptoms include countdowns written on classroom white boards, college commitments and having no care in the world about anything. In severe cases, students fall so sick, they have to skip school for days on end. It is truly a nightmare. All attentiveness in classroom goes downhill.

There is only one medicine shown to have some effect on the illness, and that would be final exam exemption. A motivation for seniors to keep their grades above an 80 or 85, depending on the school, so they can exempt their final exams. While it is not a complete cure, it does help remove side effects as students are now forced to work hard enough to maintain the necessary grade for exemption.

The past semester, I have lost many friends and foes to senioritis. It does not discriminate between male or female, big or small, rich or poor. I am afraid. I am afraid I will be next. As the next semester begins, I am afraid I will be its next victim. It is only getting stronger by the minute. And as the days goes by, it will gather its forces: school field trips, prom, spring break. I pray that I will be spared, but that is rarely heard of.

I was able to avoid Senior Skip Days last semester. Others were not so lucky. But in this war, it is all for themselves. I have done much research, but they are all inconclusive. Nothing seems to work. Changing sleeping schedules, hanging out with friends, setting goals — it all depends on the person.

As college application season has passed, we now only wait for results, but until then... what? What will happen? Will a cure be found, or will we all be doomed to this plague? If there is anyone out there who reads this, I forewarn you — save yourself. Find a cure. If not, you will end up like me or worse. For now, all I can say is that it is unavoidable. Sooner or later, it takes over. The real question is: who's next?

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