Should I go to uni? What should I apply for?

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irishninja
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When I was younger (from early childhood until sometime towards the end of fifth year), in my mind all I was going to be was a doctor. My father really kind of overestimates my intelligence and ever since an event that took place when I was like 3, where as a result, I said I wanted to be a doctor it was all he ever encouraged me to do so I never really considered anything else. He always talks about how he always knew I was the "smarter" twin and always emphasised how much money doctors make which was a big pull factor for me (the main one I think). I think he did this because we are not well off and he just wants to see me be successful; I would be the first to go to uni if I do.
I started to doubt my ability to get the GCSE grades and my personality suitability because I vomit every time I see another person do so. I never ended up getting the necessary straight A's and A*'s anyway so becoming a doctor now is out of the question but ever since I have been uncertain of my future as for the best part of 12-13 years I put all my eggs in one basket. I also often find it hard to motivate myself to study.
I repeated lower sixth and dropped biology for psychology because I got a U but I hated biology anyway and only had it as a third A Level. I got an B in maths first time and brought it up to an A by repeating one module. I got an E in physics and brought it up to a C on a new specification where AS accounts for 40% of A Level (I was 2 marks off a B). (I got a B in psychology.)
The courses I was going to apply for are Mathematics, Physics and Applied Mathematics (both at the same school at the same uni), Energy (where you learn about renewable energy systems- a 2nd uni), and Aerospace Engineering (at the engineering school in the first uni) because I think it would be cool to spend a career making things that fly (I did a 5 week placement at a bus company so I have an idea of what engineers do). The grades these courses ask for range from ABB to BBB.
The first three courses are science degrees so I don’t know if I could write a personal statement that is also for engineering so I need advice as to whether making those subject applications would be unwise.
I am very worried that I will go to uni and it will be for nothing in the end or I will have chosen the wrong degree.
I am nervous about the prospect of moving away anyway because I am not good socially or with people (I have no friends but I am sometimes friendly with people) so possibly needing to find a part time job where good social skills are necessary and just trying to fend for myself without the support of coming home to my family everyday, is daunting.
I live in Northern Ireland and for the above reason I don’t want to leave NI (at least I would only be an hour bus drive from home).

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this all and respond.
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Start by reading this - all of it - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...-what-to-study
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Don't go to uni. Waste of time.

Now if you're certain on your career path and said career requires a degree then fine. But honestly, uni is overrated to f**k and so many students nowadays believe the BS their sixth form tutors say about uni being the only way to success.

My advice? Avoid the debt, get your head down and learn a trade/skill. In the 3 years it would have taken you to graduate, you will have some money behind you and valuable experience to add to your CV. This is what employers REALLY look for especially now unis nowadays are like businesses churning out grads at a faster rate than the labour market can accommodate.

P.S I understand that I come across very opinionated, however I am a student at the moment and if I could go back in time and withdraw my UCAS application I would
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(Original post by ryanatk96)
Don't go to uni. Waste of time.

Now if you're certain on your career path and said career requires a degree then fine. But honestly, uni is overrated to f**k and so many students nowadays believe the BS their sixth form tutors say about uni being the only way to success.

My advice? Avoid the debt, get your head down and learn a trade/skill. In the 3 years it would have taken you to graduate, you will have some money behind you and valuable experience to add to your CV. This is what employers REALLY look for especially now unis nowadays are like businesses churning out grads at a faster rate than the labour market can accommodate.

P.S I understand that I come across very opinionated, however I am a student at the moment and if I could go back in time and withdraw my UCAS application I would
Hi. Thankyou for taking the time to respond. I have handed my ucas application to my school to be processed excluding applying for an engineering degree. I really am mostly doing this so if I get any offers I will have more options because if I don't go to uni i really don't have any plans of what to do so I will think about it in the meantime and I will consider your advice.
Just out of curiosity, what are you studying and how far are you into your studies?
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(Original post by irishninja)
Hi. Thankyou for taking the time to respond. I have handed my ucas application to my school to be processed excluding applying for an engineering degree. I really am mostly doing this so if I get any offers I will have more options because if I don't go to uni i really don't have any plans of what to do so I will think about it in the meantime and I will consider your advice.
Just out of curiosity, what are you studying and how far are you into your studies?
I am currently studying business with marketing at Northumbria university. I'm in my second year and can't wait to graduate as I've come to far to quit. However, keeping your options open is good I agree with that.

Honestly, this is the time in your life where you need to know what you want to do so everything you do in the meantime is working towards where you want to be. You don't want to look back on the last 3 years as an unnecessary waste of effort when you come out of uni and work a non-graduate job that you could have done without the degree.


Hope I have helped somewhat
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