It was results day the other day; and although I’ve completed my a levels last year and have an unconditional offer from university, I can sympathise with those who would have woken up in apprehension. Even though I have my place guaranteed, I had felt a little anxious on Thursday, as the whole prospect of university is suddenly starting to feel real again.
I didn’t have a straight forward journey with university as, if you’ve read my posts on uni etc, you would know this. I was always indecisive about what I wanted to study. I changed my course several times, reconsidered institutions – the lot! I went from wanting to study psychology to nursing to law to criminology to social work back to psychology and all over again. I think it’s natural to doubt your decision, especially if it’s a grand one like this.
So because I changed my course, I had to reject all my offers and apply one by one through UCAS Extra. This was scary! Because I needed to be sure of the uni I applied for, as there wouldn’t have been a “deciding process” and I sure as couldn’t reject them and ask to apply again if I changed my mind later.
I sat on my laptop endlessly, trying to collect all different (yet important) aspects of an institution and basically weight out the pros and cons. It was still limited as my course was kind of specific so I had a list of 3 or 4. Everyone around me (or so it seemed) received their offers and were sure of what they wanted and where they were going. It made me feel even more lost, crappy and confused.
I managed to get down to two institutions and if I remember correctly, it was between some university in Birmingham and West of England, Bristol. The courses were very similar and tbh I wasn’t very fussed at the time. I just wanted to secure something for September. My final choice was based on accommodation and location, and for whatever (personal) reasons, I knew I didn’t really want to move to Birmingham. So I firmed UWE (West of England uni).
I did, however, drop out of UWE, which sounds unhelpful to add as if you’re going through the UCAS process after receiving your results, this is the last thing you really want to hear. You can read my reasons for leaving that university here.
I will, however, add that I do not regret applying (and then leaving) the West of England University, as if I hadn’t done, then I would never have realised how much I love the city of Bristol and wouldn’t have met some friends, with whom I’m still in contact with now.
This was my personal decision and a journey specific to me. You will go through different options and decisions to what you deem to be fit for yourself. Think through your options carefully, call institutions and take your time. If you’re not sure, take advice from others and talk to family/friends. Worse come to worst, you can take a gap year and really take your time with deciding what it is you want.
Good luck with your future. Whether you decide to attend university or not!