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    Ok, I have literally lost count of the number of threads that I have come across which are started by people wanting advice about what to study at university.

    There was one which started with something along the lines of "I am going to university next year but don't know what to study" and another "I am all ready to apply for history but yesterday decided I want to do economics".

    Why is everyone so obsessed with going to university just for the sake of going to university? The whole point of subscribing to a three year course is to dedicate those three years to doing something you really enjoy, are really passionate about and would consider pursuing later on as a career.

    Seriously, not knowing what you want to apply for is a sure sign you shouldn't be applying! I've just finished my undergrad degree and I can truely say I absolutely LOVE my subject, so much so that I'm carrying on with a master's. University is now too expensive to be pratting around doing something you don't really care about and only applied for because all your mates were doing it too. There's no shame in watching the band wagon roll by and refraining from going to university.

    Urgh.
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    I know what you mean, but you have to consider that people do want sort of skilled jobs when they grow up, they'd want to be one of those people who doesn't have to do manual work to make a living.
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    Some people just think it is a necessary step, when it's not.
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    rite of passage, or something else ridiculous.

    keeps the hope alive, yano, and instills a barrier against lower-classdom

    a university man never becomes a binman unless he is really eccentric, in which case he would wear a badge stating his origion
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    University is hyped up. It is like if you don't go to uni you have no future
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    i was brought up to think that university was the next step after sixth form. when i realised it wasnt i was pretty pissed off
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    I get you. Some people ask stupid questions too.
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    I blame the Labour government entirely for trying to encourage 50% of young people to get to university.
    Its so annoying that people now feel they have to go to get anywhere in life and as such are faced with the dilema of what to study, but there really are loads of opportunities for people without a degree. Its just such a waste of time, money and resources for those who go for the sake of going.
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    I blame the Labour government entirely for trying to encourage 50% of young people to get to university.
    Its so annoying that people now feel they have to go to get anywhere in life and as such are faced with the dilema of what to study, but there really are loads of opportunities for people without a degree. Its just such a waste of time, money and resources for those who go for the sake of going.
    or you can blame yourself for buying the hype?!
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    You know OP, not everyone knows what they want to do with their lives from the moment they were born. This is the same with something as important as picking a university course. Studying it for three or more years at such an advanced level is a deep commitment, which is why some people have difficulties in making a decision on this.
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    (Original post by WrigglyMammoth)
    or you can blame yourself for buying the hype?!
    What hype? I certainly take no blame for an entire generation feeling a need to desperately search for something they can tolerate for three years, just because they think that's what's expected of them, nor can I blame myself for insane and detrimental government targets.
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    (Original post by W.H.T)
    You know OP, not everyone knows what they want to do with their lives from the moment they were born. This is the same with something as important as picking a university course. Studying it for three or more years at such an advanced level is a deep commitment, which is why some people have difficulties in making a decision on this.
    But my point is that yes, like you say, it is a deep commitment but that not enough people take this seriously. If you have difficulties in deciding what you love to learn about then in truth, you probably don't love it at all.
    You should really have a genuine interest in your course, not just like it enough to tolerate three years worth of lectures on it.
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    I don't see why you have to be "deeply passionate" about a course to study it, not everyone knows from the moment they are born what they want to do in life.
    if you enjoy something enough, and want to try your best to make a future for yourself, well, this is enough for me.
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    Because it's hard to know what your true passions are sometimes? Or it's hard to choose which one you want the most? I had to choose between Classics, Law and Linguistics and believe me it wasn't easy. I changed my application from Linguistics to Law around the 25th of July (with the same uni) and starting lectures, I know it was the right choice. Sometimes it's hard to see what's an academic interest and what's just a hobby. And it's even harder when you're naturally indecisive, like I am.
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    Some people are told that they will go to University, as if it's a predetermined fact, from the age of about 6. I was. I never considered anything else, not for a moment.
    Obviously I'm more mature than that now :p: and I happen to love my course and enjoy studying it, but I imagine that this is not the case for a large number of people who just fall into it.
    I think this is a problem.
    Also, higher education should be for people who care about education and have a passion for learning, not people who want to sleep in until 3 and get wrecked all the time.
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    (Original post by JDI)
    But my point is that yes, like you say, it is a deep commitment but that not enough people take this seriously. If you have difficulties in deciding what you love to learn about then in truth, you probably don't love it at all.
    You should really have a genuine interest in your course, not just like it enough to tolerate three years worth of lectures on it.
    well what about people who just happen to have interests in different subjects?

    Situations like these often arises with courses which are similar by nature. For example, maths and physics, or english and history.

    Throughout school, we are taught over a broad range of subjects with the idea that everyone of them are equally important, therefore it shouldn't be hard to understand why some people struggle to find a specialism that is best suited to them.
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    (Original post by JDI)
    But my point is that yes, like you say, it is a deep commitment but that not enough people take this seriously. If you have difficulties in deciding what you love to learn about then in truth, you probably don't love it at all.
    You should really have a genuine interest in your course, not just like it enough to tolerate three years worth of lectures on it.
    It's possible to have interests in two or more similar (or contrasting) fields. It's not an easy decision to make, especially at a young age. People in their 30s and 40s even want a career change.

    Take this as an example, my friend genuinely has an interest in Psychology and Economics, but in the end he chose Economics.

    A lecturer at my old uni has 3 degrees in Psychology (one undergrad and 2 postgrad degrees) and now wants to become a Lawyer (she's been interested in Law for quite a significant period of time). She even told us that it's a bit idiotic to think you know what you want when you're only 18/19 years old (not sure that I agree with her but, oh well, she has more life experience than me).

    A few years ago I was pretty much set on applying for a Sports Science degree, but realised I didn't have a passion for it anymore. Now, I study Psychology and love it and would love to be a Chartered Psychologist, but I'm also considering doing a Masters in Marketing.

    My point is that people can "love" more than one discipline. We can chop and change our minds quite easily, we are humans at the end of the day. Who knows, you may want to pursue something completely different from what you're studying/want to study right now. However, this doesn't mean that we're wasting our time at uni.
 
 
 
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