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What are your top three reasons for wanting to go to University?
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The skills
The degree
The independence
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Job opportunities
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What are your top three reasons for wanting to go to University?
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My main reason was to get an eventual PhD.
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As a requirement to get to my end goal
The social life, this includes learning environment as well
It's what everybody expects of me

I considered skills and interest but if it's just that, I think I'll look for an apprenticeship or try shadowing but apprenticeships as qualifications are hard to come by where I'm from especially in the career field I'm interested in.
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- learning about subject
- job prospects
- social life

in hindsight they weren't legit reasons really. could have learned about subject through apprenticeship and books. could have got good prospects thru an app also. could have gained a good social life joing clubs or during class room based training and work. for me legit reasons would be

- want to be a doctor

and i never did
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The skills
The degree
The independence
The independence and skills is a facade.
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The independence and skills is a facade.
Maybe for you. But I've learned skills I wouldn't have if I didn't go, and I would never be this independent from my parents if I didn't go. Everyone has different experiences
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Maybe for you. But I've learned skills I wouldn't have if I didn't go, and I would never be this independent from my parents if I didn't go. Everyone has different experiences
May I ask what skills and what made you independent from university?
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What are your top three reasons for wanting to go to University?
-career, investing in your future (This was v important to me, lots of people now do bs degrees that don't offer this benefit)
-Independance, its kind of a stepping stone to starting your own life outside of your family
-The social life: Its enjoyable, learn new things, do things you'll never have an opportunity to do again
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May I ask what skills and what made you independent from university?
Just general life skills - managing my money better, confidence in my own abilities, time management, self-reliance (not having anyone to get me to places at certain times except myself), household skills, organisation is probably the biggest one - assignment deadlines etc.

As for independence, well, I don't rely on my parents for anything now. Before my dad would take me to places I hadn't been before, he would pay the bills and buy the food etc. Now I'm more aware about those things because I do them myself. I've had to figure things out because I didn't have my parents right there to do it for me e.g. how to get myself to a hospital an hour away for a scan. Normally my dad would have driven me, but that wasn't an option.

If I stayed home I wouldn't have a clue how to fix a washing machine, what to look out for when choosing a house to live in, how to budget my weekly food shop, how to navigate myself through a huge new city when I'm from a comparatively small town.

I'm guessing you're going to tell me how wrong I am and that I could develop all of these without going to uni? You're probably right. But if I waited until I got a decent paying job and moved out to learn them, I wouldn't learn them for years to come.
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Knowledge
Job opportunity/career
Independence
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I don't want to go. but if I had to pick some reasons:

freedom from parents (from their rules and presence)๐Ÿ˜‚
free laptop of my choice ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
free choice to attend whatever church I like.๐Ÿ˜Ž
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(Original post by Leviathan1611)
I don't want to go. but if I had to pick some reasons:

freedom from parents (from their rules and presence)๐Ÿ˜‚
free laptop of my choice ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
free choice to attend whatever church I like.๐Ÿ˜Ž
what makes u think you'll get a free laptop, only degrees i know that come with a computer are PhD programs
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(Original post by Manuel Gonzales)
What are your top three reasons for wanting to go to University?
If I will ever go to University, I do this...

1.) To have a range of different possibilities to work after graduating.
2.) Get a profession I am interest in.
3.) Live my life in a way I would like. Although a final degree is not a guarantee, it might be a door opener.
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I'm considering a career in something and having a degree has made my life easier because I can now just go study a masters (1yr) to get qualified to work in that career.

In case you're still new to the world of education, you need a degree to do a masters.

Correction: You can do a masters in some instances with an equivalent to a degree. This might differ depending on the course you're interested in, but I've looked around and I have noticed that some courses say stuff about other types of qualifications. This might be dependent on years of experience in the field too, I was lead to infer with a few courses requirements.
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what makes u think you'll get a free laptop, only degrees i know that come with a computer are PhD programs
my parents will buy me a new laptop when I go to university.
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(Original post by DrawTheLine)
The skills
The degree
The independence
A degree does not make you independent on someone, but the job. A degree is not a guarantee for a job, just a chance.
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A degree does not make you independent on someone, but the job. A degree is not a guarantee for a job, just a chance.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by the degree doesn't make me independent on someone? When I said independence, I was referring to becoming independent from my parents.
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1. Bish is gonna get to call herself a doctor (currently doing my PhD, I'm not weird)
2. Any career I would be interested in involves at least a BSc
3. Validation for in-depth learning
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