I never actually attended University myself, by the time I had finished Upper Sixth Form I was ready to leave education behind for a while. I looked into attending university but honestly, I didn’t feel it was for me. I still did lots of different educational courses in the evenings but I just couldn’t put my finger on one specific thing that I wanted to do so I decided to opt for ‘life experience’ and to find a job instead. I have never regretted my decision at all but I have often wondered how different things might have been if I had gone to University. I have looked on social networking sites at school friends who went off to Uni and wonder what their life was like.
For me school was ‘ok’, I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, it was just one of those things that you have to do to further yourself in life. I managed to get myself some pretty good grades but I was far from studious. I liked doing projects and I loved essay writing (surprising that I should now have a blog hey!) but I hated exams. I couldn’t revise for the life of me, I really struggled to concentrate on reading something I had already read. I am the same now, I will never read a book twice because I remember it all like I only read it yesterday so I don’t see the point in reading it again.
Some people are the complete opposite to me though, they thrive on the pressure of revision and exams but struggle when it comes to the day to day stuff and to getting their thoughts onto paper. Some people pay for extra tuition to help them to get their heads around a topic, others use essay writing services who can help. I imagine that University really tests your willpower, on the one hand you want to make sure that you get good grades, on the other you want to enjoy life whilst you can before you settle down into life, work and whatever else is thrown at you so there will be times when you need to give yourself a little push and there will be times when you need to look outside for help.
Last year Hubby decided to return to studying to further himself at work and whilst we still only feel like 21 year olds most of the time, we do need to remember that we have been out of the education system for (arrggghhh) nearly 18 years now! You think it will be easy to just slip back into learning but that is not always the case. Hubby had to attend 2-3 days at University and then spend the next 6-8 weeks on his own reading, collating information and putting it all together in the form of an essay. Yes he could call on the help of his tutors if he needed it but what Hubby really struggled with was remembering how to structure an essay, how to not waffle as he tends to do a lot these days. He found it difficult to stick to his 2000 words and make sure that he covered all of the important points. During these times he would turn to me (with baby brain – I don’t think so!!) or to his sister who is a Deputy Headmistress to help him find his way but sometimes we confused him even more. He was recently told about UK essay who are able to provide help with essay writing and says he wished he had heard about it sooner, it could have saved him hours of stress and most likely a few grey hairs too.
One thing I always stand by though is to never live your life with regrets, you’ve only got one shot!!
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