The decision deadline is drawing ever closer and yet I am no closer to making a choice about on which university I want to firm.
I am applying for straight History. Both courses are equally matched. King's is perhaps slightly broader but Gold offers things I am currently more interested in but I am aware that can change over three years and I don't want to limit my studies. King's also has the other benefit of simply being King's in offering better employment opportunities, their incredible library, very Central location (although being at the Strand everyday like I am going to a musical seems really weird) and the opportunity to be surrounded by people who are clearly going to be very bright and enthusiastic about their subject. It is, however, a MASSIVE university, appears very competitive and at the post-offer day I felt very out of place in somewhere which was clearly "elite".
Goldsmiths offers what I would consider more like-minded people, a more arty, freer and less "by the book" History degree. On the post offer day I visited it felt very comfortable but this is countered by the lower employment prospects compared to King's. Furthermore, as lame as this sounds, I had a really unorthodox entry into the education system, at 16, and I am now 20 years old. I feel slightly that I'd be letting down some of my own hard work and determination if I was to sell myself short as some people have suggested by going to a less established institution. However, Goldsmiths is more likely to have more people from my immediate peer group and have more accepting and open minded and less traditional students compared to the floods of students from the shires being all OMG I'M IN LDN at Kings.
Being very rude about my potential universities and not being able to decide if I should go for rigour, prestige and better career prospects at King's or a possibly more enjoyable course at Goldsmiths but without the perks that the King's name would bring.
OK, on a serious note: Goldsmiths is still UoL. My dad just tells everyone I go to the University of London and that's enough for most of the relatives who ask. Employment-wise, KCL almost certainly looks/sounds better, especially if you might work abroad in the future. That said, if you felt out of place at a post-offer open day, do you really want to potentially end up feeling like that for three years?