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    Going to Uni for some people is a hard decision, hense why ive posted here several times roughly about the same thing. Im 18, my high school peers began Uni this year, whilst I am finishing my final year on a BTEC level 3 advanced 90 credit (equivalent to A-levels) in Film Production at college. They are pushing all of us to go to Uni, at the start I was against it, my drop out brother also provides a good argument against it, but the social prospects and whole experience offered has finally pushed me towards going.

    Ive been very depressed the last few years when it comes to my social life, despite being trendy, decent looking with a good soul and character, ive barely had a social life and I never saw a way out. Now I see friends from high school who were not the most popular or best looking, being invited to hang out by complete strangers at their Uni in the FB groups (I just saw a stranger girl ask my lonely mate to come watch movies alone) its like being a child again when socialising, it seems so open and fun and if its as good as it seems, something which will make me happy.

    I have a couple issues though, my main one being I have a 6 month old lab puppy who I love unconditionally and would never give away, its possible he will not enable me to live on campus, if so, will I not experience the same Uni life as others? I hear not. Also, if my family CAN care for him and I live on campus, realistically could I still be a big part in his life?

    My second issue is, I barely have GCSE's because I chose to pursue plumbing and attend part-time college so I only took what was compulsory. I have a tonne of BTECS, and my best grade was a B in English, I have a D in maths but got a FS Level 1 in it after. My strongest skill is my writing (dont judge by this post, im rushing) I should not be on my current course but my vast amount of BTEC's and good grades in creative subjects got me on despite no Maths, my Film grades are Distinctions with some Merits. Being rejected by all Uni's because of Maths, when I was accepted on this course would be an injustice.

    So, do you think I should go to Uni? my Film teacher thinks I could get into the best that being Bournemouth, Ravensbourne etc
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    I wouldn't if I was you. Academia doesn't seem right for you.
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    (Original post by chelseafan)
    I wouldn't if I was you. Academia doesn't seem right for you.
    Care to elaborate? stating "academia" does not seem right for me, without explaining why (which is what I clearly was asking for) definitely makes it seem as if you tried looking down from some higher pedestal. I feel like that was a clear attempt to belittle me in some way.
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    You have to do what YOU want to do not what is expected of you. If you won't be happy there then don't go, it's not for you. However if you fancy it then go for it!
    I'm applying this year for 2014 entry and I have two labs myself. Unlike you I'm not in the position where they are solely mine, they are family pets. I hate the thought of being away from them and not in their life but my ambitions in life need me to go to university. I don't know where you live but these unis you've mentioned could be a small train journey away in which case there are always the weekends to see your pup!

    If your teachers believe in you and it all boils down to you actually wanting to go, I say go for it! If not there is alway the possibility of going a little later in life
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    If you are depressed then you need to seek out some help with this - it wont go away be itself, and it will affect whole chunks of your life, as you are already discovering.

    The first step is your GP. They wont be dismissed or 'pull yourself together' - mental health issues are always taken seriously. They will be able to refer you for counselling (which does help) and/or appropriate drug treatments which will pull you out of this 'black cloud' and make it easier for you to tackle life. Dont worry about 'Uni, yes or no' at this point, just make the start to get the depression out of the way. Make an appointment with your GP tomorrow.
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    Not gonna lie, I didn't read the whole thing... But, don't go to uni and get yourself in that much debt just for social reasons. If you know what you want to do, and I didn't at 18 (I think its silly that they push teenagers into knowing what they want to do in high school, but thats another looooong topic), then research what you need to go to excel in that area and do it - whether that's going to uni or not. I'm studying creative writing, who knows where that's going to get me, and I honestly don't care if it gets me nowhere, it's something I love.
 
 
 

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