Am I a Uni snob?Watch
When we had the old divide between universities, polytechnics, and colleges of further and higher education, it was usually clear that you went to the different sorts of institution in order to have a different sort of education. Nowadays, of course, everywhere is the University of This and That, but there is still a good deal of difference in the education on offer. Essentially, the pure academic v. vocational divide (although more nebulous) is still there.
So, optometry ... You can still choose to follow that path, or you could decide with your AAAA to do something more theoretical in another science field. Glasgow and Strathclyde unis are not necessarily better, though, just different. They would offer you a different type of university education.
So I have applied to study Optemetry at Glasgow Caledonian University. I have 4 A’s, in Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. I now have a nagging doubt about whether I wish to do Optometry, and with 4 A’s there are a wide range of courses available to me at other institutions such as Strathclyde and Glasgow. However, I worry that that my indecision is not so much to do with my choice of course, but the choice of university. I must admit I would prefer an older and more respected institute. The issue is Glasgow Caledonian is the only institute to offer optometry. There are other factors such as employment opportunity and starting salary to consider when comparing optometry to other courses too, but I worry that I am just being a snob.
I think you need to sit down and decide whether optometry is really what you want to do. If you're feeling unsure, then maybe it might be an option to defer your place for a year and explore some other employment options/courses.
I do think in this case, it's probably worth taking uni "prestige" out of the picture- you shouldn't back out of a career you're keen on because you want to go to a "better" university. A lot of people on TSR get really hung up about the ranking/reputation of the uni you go to, but in the real world, outside of a few careers, it really doesn't matter. Lots of people also have rubbish experiences at "top" unis, whilst others have great experiences at "lesser" ones.