Why I Didn't Go To University


If you'd gone to university future anna, you'd be in year 3 right now. My sister is currently writing her personal statement so she can go to uni, something that she wasn’t going to do until she realised that it was what she wanted. When I speak to friends at uni, or look at possible job options, I’m reminded that I didn’t go, and light alarm bells go off in my head, making me wonder if I should have. Should I have a degree? Do I need more teaching? AGHHH!! 

I’m very happy I didn’t. If I did, I wouldn’t have been able to do half of the stuff I have done the past few years, and I would’ve probably had the biggest mental breakdown. A lot of people ask me why I didn’t go, even though I looked into it and began writing my personal statement. So, here’s some of the reasons why I didn’t go.

expensive - loans, debt, etc

A lot of people tell me that when considering university, money shouldn’t be something that might stop you. But for me, it was. I like to plan ahead, so the idea of not being able to plan finances and possibly collapse into debt after a few years of working and building up my money seemed completely ridiculous. Obviously, I could get a job, a loan, ask my family for help, but it just seemed to me that uni would be a step back. I’ve always had a job since the age of 16, and to go from earning and saving to spending and spending some more seemed counterproductive. Surely going to uni should help me get a better job, but if I come out with thousands of pounds worth of debt, no job is going to help me unless I win the lottery.

Obviously, it’s different for everyone, but that’s just my take on it.

wanted experience in the real world

I want to make films and if I went to uni, I would’ve studied Film Production. However, when I went to look around the university, it seemed so lovely, but I just didn’t like the idea of making student films for the next 3 years with the same 20 people. Obviously, it would be great to learn and use proper equipment, but I just wanted more. I wanted experience in the real world, with films and just life in general. I knew I wanted a gap year and I was quite happy with what I was doing in it so just decided to be on my gap year forever. My parents were super supportive and for that I am forever grateful. I have been able to go to so many concerts, work and make some incredible friends, focus on myself and my mental health which I know would’ve suffered if I’d gone to uni, made 2 of my own FREAKIN FILMS WHAT?!!?!?, been on courses and to film festivals which I would’ve had to miss out on if I had chosen university, and just so much more! I’m really glad I didn’t go.

wasn't ready to leave home

When I was looking at going to university, we had just moved to a new house and this was a bad time for me. Really bad. I didn’t know what my home was or who my friends were, so to suddenly go into something new and scary where I didn’t know anyone would have been the worst idea. I also just love my family and felt that it wasn’t the right time for me to go off and do my own thing, which is completely ok, and I think where a lot of people get stuck with the move.

i didn't really know what i wanted/where i wanted to go

I knew I wanted to make films or do something creative and I knew I wanted to be near home, but I didn’t know where to start. A few of my friends have found the perfect course but moved as the place wasn’t for them and I worried this would happen to me. People were suggesting great universities for media, that had great connections, but it wasn’t the course I wanted, and I was just stuck, knowing what I wanted but not understanding what to do next. I looked around one uni which was near my house, loved the course, and might’ve lived on campus rather than commuting, but it just didn’t feel perfect. It wasn’t right. A friend of mine is now there doing the course I wanted and it will be interesting to see where we both end up.

i'm a baby

Yep, at the time, I just wasn’t ready for the big wide world, and even 3 years later when I am living in London and doing great, some things still seem a little mental and too adult for me to even consider hahah! I’ve done a lot of growing (not in height) over the past few years, and to be completely honest, I think uni would’ve really messed me up.

So yeah, those are some of the reasons I chose not to go to university. Obviously it’s a different story for everyone, but for me, it was the best decision to make. I’m so happy where I am right now, and who knows where I’d be if I had chosen uni or if I do end up going. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see future anna.

Good luck if you’re at uni or applying to go! I hope it’s all you wish!


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