(Original post by Starlight_x)
I'm 21 years old, and have just graduated from university. I've accepted an offer for postgraduate study, which I'll hopefully be starting in September. I'm just starting to get a little worried about the prospect of postgraduate level.
Before I went to university for my undergraduate, I was so excited for the new experience in a new city. However, even though I am going to a different university than I did my undergraduate degree in, I'm getting quite nervous about it all. I guess there is a little bit of a 'Freshers' feeling coming back, with a new university, new course, and new course mates, as well as living in a new city. I guess it's the unknown of it all, and how well I'll get on with people on my course. I don't think it helps that I'll still be on holiday during registration week, so I won't be able to register / meet my flatmates until my course starts.
I'm worried that I won't be able to succeed with as good marks as I did for undergraduate level, as I'll be undertaking a completely different course, and obviously at postgraduate level, it will be much harder than undergraduate. I really want to get a good mark for my masters degree, so to not look back on it and regret it.
Also, the majority of my friends have started full time employment, and in one sense I'm a little jealous (as they will have income, and work experience), and that I'll still be at university, doing essays and exams. Saying that, it is only for a year, and I can only imagine how quickly that will pass. I just think to myself sometimes "Do I really want to go back into education?" "I'd be better just getting a job and experience".... but then I think about how useful the masters degree will be for me to have.
On the other hand, I feel so fortunate that I can afford a masters degree (only just!), and so pleased that I have been accepted into a course to further my education. The sense of achievement I will feel after getting my masters degree will be amazing, and that it can hopefully help me with my job prospects (as it's an area I want to go into), where I can show how the masters has helped me develop.
I just can't believe I'm the same girl who wanted to leave school at sixteen... and look at me now, going on to pursue masters degree! I don't know... sometimes I'm really excited about the prospect, and other times I really do question my decision. A year out really isn't an option for me, as I don't think I'd go back to education otherwise.
Is anyone else feeling like this at the moment? Or can give me any advice?