Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Choosing the right university course | Advice

Hello lovelies! I'm writing something a little different today.. advice. I never thought I would write about advice but I think I've learned a lot so far at university and although I know I'm no expert at all, I think I've learned enough to give some little tips.

 So, you're thinking of going to university? Have you truly gave it enough thought? I'm currently in my second year of Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast and I've been doubting myself all year as to whether or not it was the right decision. At A-Level I truly loved Psychology and although it took a lot of hard work, I came out with an A and I couldn't have been happier. I thought that I would love studying a Psychology degree as much as I loved A-Level but boy, was I wrong. To be honest, I probably wouldn't change what I'm doing if I could but I can't help but wonder, what if I had researched this a lot more? Would I have chosen a different path?

Here's some things I would recommend doing before applying/going to university:

  • Research courses thoroughly - what grades you need to get in, what the course entails, how it's assessed (exams, coursework, practicals, group projects and so), how many hours it is a week, etc.
  • Question anyone who will listen - current students, former students, tutors, lecturers - to get a true feel for the course as they are likely to be more honest than a university prospectus. 
  • Look at student satisfaction scores - this website is good for looking at how students rate different aspects of their university and it also provides good information about universities and their courses.
  • Attend any open days that you can - don't just give one uni a chance, keep your options open by seeing what other places have to offer.
  • Go on university/campus/town tours - you need to like where you'll be studying/living/working for the next few years so you need to see what the university and the surrounding area is really like and if you can see yourself being there.
  • Look into what options your degree gives you - not all degrees lead into a direct job so you need to know what it can lead to, if there will be jobs, if you need to do a second degree afterwards, etc.
  • Make sure you're truly interested in what you want to study - the course you choose is what you study for the next 3+ years so you need to be motivated enough to study it for that length of time. Ask yourself if you can really learn about the same thing for that long. If the answer is no, the course might not be for you.
  • Make sure that uni is definitely for you - it's not for everyone and if you're not sure, a year out will probably help you see more clearly what you want.. after all, a year out really isn't that long a time and it may be better than wasting 3 years studying something that you end up hating.

I hope you liked this post. I know I'm no expert but I hope it helped even one of you. Are any of you applying for university or going through the same things as me - overthinking and wondering if you did the right thing? Let me know in the comments below :-) thanks for reading & until next time, goodbye!

- xoxo
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  1. This is a great post girly. Wish I'd followed this kind of advice before heading off to uni! I think understanding your course and researching what you can get out of it is so vitally important! 3 years may seem like a long way away and you can "worry about a job when the time comes" but no one realises how fast it actually goes and how hard reality hits you in the face! Speaking from my own experience at school, I don't think there's enough emphasis placed on researching university and understanding how it'll benefit you and understanding if you're really ready. From what I can remember it's just kind of like, APPLY NOW GO TO UNI OR YOU WILL HAVE NO LIFE EVER. So silly. Real advice like this is gold dust! Well done chick! X

    1. Thanks so much lovely! I feel the same.. advice like this should be given to all students rather than just being told that uni is basically the only option they have, because it definitely isn't! I know I'm no expert but I think we can both speak from experience. I wasn't sure about posting this but even if one person reads it and thinks it helps then that's good. Thanks again chicka :) xx