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I've finished first year and I'm disappointed


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Going to university is portrayed as a rite of passage; officially leaving childhood and becoming an adult. I’m not denying that I thought this too, and this time last year I was beyond excited for the future. Although this is a nice and sentimental way to see it, the fact is that university comes with a whole set of issues that leaves many students thinking that it was never really worth it in the first place, and a year on, I feel somewhat disappointed.

Firstly there’s the academic side of it. I do a humanities degree, and I’ve heard pretty much every joke going about my choice: ‘Do you just read books all day? That’s not studying!'; ‘Is that your timetable, or a blank piece of paper?’

It’s understandable – I pay the same tuition fees as someone who does a science subject, yet I have less than half the contact hours. Yes, these hours are often filled with research, reading, and long hours carrying heavy books back and forth, but the fact is that I probably learnt more in a term in sixth form than I have in this year at university. Even more disheartening is realising that I could have learnt most of the syllabus content by spending a few days in the library and using a good search engine online.

Then there’s the looming prospect of the ‘future’ after university. If everyone job-hunting has a degree, then what’s the point in us having one too when they are older and more experienced? I often wonder if it would have been a better idea to get some hands on experience via internships or work experience full time this year, rather than plough through yet another Victorian novel. I still like my degree subject, but sometimes I think that maybe I should have just kept it as an interest to enjoy, not something to make me miserable at 3am as I agonise over another essay.

Obviously my first year at university has been a learning curve in learning to live independently, meeting new people and discovering myself. It’s easy to forget the real reason we applied here – to get a degree. When talking to my friends about this, we all agree that if we had known what university was like before we applied, we would definitely think again and consider if it was worth it.

Do you agree? Read the other side of the argument here. 

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