(ignore the state of me in the first picture, just happy ennit)
If you’ve had a look at my about page you would know that for the past year I’ve been studying Theology and Religious studies at Roehampton University, I have enjoyed it for the most part but as the year went by I increasingly felt that the course just wasn’t for me, and once most of the year had gone by (maybe around February) I decided that I was going to completely rejig my entire career plan. This was the last push I think that made me really contemplate leaving TRS.
From that point I kind of just stopped thinking about it though, I don’t know why, maybe the upcoming deadlines and exams distracted me from my long term goals. Which lead to a very rash and quick decision in the last week or so. It dawned on me that I would be going into the important year of TRS and just the thought of it made me quite sad. At this point I was just doing a degree for a degrees sake to get me a better job or move onto a masters. 3 years is a lot of work and time wasting, let alone a crucial period of my teenage/adult life that I am literally dragging myself through. So, to cut this long story short I’m changing my course from Theology and Religious Studies to English Literature at the University of Roehampton.
This means I have a whole new reading list, a class full of new people, I’m starting from year 1 again which means 4 years in uni as a whole, but I don’t mind that. Ultimately, its a course that I am hopefully going to absolutely love, literature is something I’ve grown to be more and more passionate about for the last 5 years or so, hence this blog. With my experience of already doing a first year I feel fully prepared to start again without the initial university woes like missing family, actively trying to making friends and living alone. This year of university just gone wasn’t exactly what I hoped my experience would be so I’m taking this as my second chance I suppose.
So far this post has been all about me. Now I’m going to try and make it a little bit about you. When I was fumbling over these new plans and decisions, I wish I had more people to relate to, I know it happens aaaall the time but in my proximity there were no blogs, social media posts or any of that malarkey to be found to reassure me. Maybe I just didn’t look hard enough. But I’m hoping if anyone else is in the same situation I can produce a list of things to think about to help you clarify what is the best thing to do.
So here are the things that helped me decide.
- What interests and inspires you more course A or course B?
- Which course helps you achieve your long term goals (your career path)
- Which course will actually push your academic or creative abilities to satisfying standards.
- What will ultimately have a positive effect on your life? For example are you only doing the course you don’t enjoy because of family pressure or expectations from school? If this is the case, get out of there and do what your body is telling you to do.
- Don’t be afraid of trying something new, there a lot of courses that we would never have heard about in GCSE and A-levels/college, so if after you’ve done your research you find that you are really drawn in by one of these courses, take the plunge, it might just be the best thing you can do.
I thought I would add this as an important note rather than one of the tips: If you feel that you aren’t only feeling pressured to do a specific course but also feeling expected to go to university at all then do some research into alternatives. University definitely is NOT for everyone, not because you aren’t smart or academic enough, but because you might not fancy being in the classroom/lecture room environment, or if your true goals don’t involve a University degree and instead you’d benefit from a degree level apprenticeship or you’re a lucky one who’s job is already around the corner where you can build up the ranks to your dream job then GO FOR IT. Don’t let anyone condescend you or make you feel inadequate, there are many ways to the same end, so let yourself choose rather than anyone else, love.
I hope that you enjoyed my little diary/advice post. It’s something that is super new and important to me at the mo and considering my course is now going to be directly linked to this blog I’ll probably keep you updated from when September rolls round.