That time of year is here again. Everyone is getting pretty excited and ready to leave for Uni, but what about those of us who are left behind?
Every year it’s a stark reminder of one of my not so wise life choices. Like many others, I decided against going to University. It just didn’t seem right for me besides the fact that I couldn’t find the course I wanted and I didn’t even like any of the Universities that I actually went and looked around.
So what does happen when all of your friends leave for University and you are left behind? The first year was the hardest. I kept asking myself whether I was making the right decision and wondering how different my life would be if I’d only get the courage together to jump at a course and go. But, over time things have got so much better than I could ever have imagined.
8 Things That Happen When You Don’t Go To University
- People assume you don’t have A Levels or you got bad results because you must have right if you’re not at Uni?
- You’re generally labelled as “lazy” or “lacking in drive” like God forbid someone actually wants to choose a different path for themselves? Lazy buggers.
- If you haven’t got a job or some sort of apprenticeship lined up straight away, people won’t stop nagging you until you do. Because we all snap our fingers and stuff just gets done right.
- People expect you to be an “adult” now. Obviously because I’m not going to Uni I’m not going to be learning responsibilities and morals like all University students do so I need to grow up quick. Yeah that’s what Uni teaches you, not beer pong or how to party shoot bottled alcoholic beverages.
- You discover yourself. When I didn’t go to uni I felt so lost. I had so much time to myself and nothing to do with it – except spend time with me and discover who I really am. I am so thankful for that.
- You travel. This doesn’t apply to everyone but once I got a full time job I was free to travel as I pleased and experience the joys of the world – and not on a student budget.
- You meet new people. Entering the world of work and venturing out into the world on your own you meet so many new people. Some of them even become close friends. Plus, you might even meet someone extra special and fall in love. Ain’t nobody got time for that at Uni!
- You create your own path. Just because you didn’t go to university doesn’t mean you won’t succeed in life. Your own path may be harder, or easier, but that isn’t to say that it is wrong. Go exploring, discover yourself and your passions. Enjoy yourself. Eventually people will respect you for that – when all your friends finish Uni and they’re struggling to find a job and fund a mortgage, or they realise they hated their degree and that isn’t right for them. You’ll be the one posted up with your s*%! together.