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So I think maybe I have the most complex and convoluted educational history ever and I need some help on deciding what to do next. It all started back when I was choosing what to do for a level. I started by doing Business, Computer Science and Maths. Good hearty A-levels but I changed Maths A-level after one day to a BTEC in Music Tech. After my first year of A-levels, I was enjoying Music Tech. A bit too much. I then ended up doing well in Music Tech, d*, but then did badly in my two A-levels E and an E. After this I decided to study music tech full time alongside another A-level worth in Media(Radio)production, then in my second year studying my grade 5 music theory. Alongside all of this, I was working part-time at a community radio station and writing music, as well as a host of other work experience. I finished with D*D*D and a D* in radio. This is where the main problems started to arise.

When applying to uni I never really found anywhere that I clicked with. I got offers from all my choices, even getting an unconditional and a 1000 bursary from BCU. From this, I put Uni of Surrey as my main choice to study Creative Music Technolgy. I never really felt very excited about this and just saw it as a means to an end. Then on results day, I was feeling depressed and physically didn't want to go to surrey anymore through fears of not fitting in or doing well(doing a BTEC and coming from a poorer background). So I chose to change to studying Music Technology at Leeds Beckett. This was because I thought I would do better at the course and fit in more as well as liking Leeds more, and having better transport links to where I live. This is so I could go home easier for the weekend if I wanted to. I felt slightly better about this but the depression and anxiety about the decision were still there. As well as this, at the time I was falling more and more out of love with Music Tech.

It came to the week of uni and I had just moved in making friends with people in my flat and such went out and enjoyed some of Freshers. I went to the first couple of introduction lessons you have in freshers and I made another rash decision. Without thinking I changed course. What was going through my mind at the time was that I was going to find the course too easy, which was incredibly naive and big-headed of me, but I changed to Media and Communications because I felt like I wanted to study something more radio related. I very quickly found out this wasn't for me, being almost entirely academic and nothing at all practical. At this point, I realised I just kept making these quick and rash decisions, so I went and talked to the touters of both courses, a careers advisor and a counsellor. They all agreed that I should maybe take a year out and think about my options, but going to uni at 19 I felt if I took a year out I would be around 2 years older than most of the students and what I wanted from uni was a job but also to have the student experience.

Final Chapter(lol)
After this, I went and changed course(yet again) to the Filmmaking course they do as a part of the Northen Film School. I thought this would be a good degree for me as it is both creative and practical. I am currently studying this but feel as if it's not me. One major aspect of the course I am enjoying is that fact that we have specialism tasters every 3 weeks in the different parts of filmmaking, e.g. directing, cinematography etc. So I think it will be good to try and figure out things about what I like a little bit more, but this is where my major question comes from, do I:
A) keep doing the course for the rest of the year to see if I fall in love with it.
B)Keep doing the degree and transfer next year to a better uni to just go to uni for the sake of getting a good degree.
C)Drop out of uni after the first term and take the rest of the year to find my passion and maybe go back next year to maybe study music again.

Any responses are appreciated, maybe just saying wow, never heard of someone doing that or just leaving some helpful advice. I think ill figure it out eventually but any inputs are great.
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So I think maybe I have the most complex and convoluted educational history ever and I need some help on deciding what to do next. It all started back when I was choosing what to do for a level. I started by doing Business, Computer Science and Maths. Good hearty A-levels but I changed Maths A-level after one day to a BTEC in Music Tech. After my first year of A-levels, I was enjoying Music Tech. A bit too much. I then ended up doing well in Music Tech, d*, but then did badly in my two A-levels E and an E. After this I decided to study music tech full time alongside another A-level worth in Media(Radio)production, then in my second year studying my grade 5 music theory. Alongside all of this, I was working part-time at a community radio station and writing music, as well as a host of other work experience. I finished with D*D*D and a D* in radio. This is where the main problems started to arise.

When applying to uni I never really found anywhere that I clicked with. I got offers from all my choices, even getting an unconditional and a 1000 bursary from BCU. From this, I put Uni of Surrey as my main choice to study Creative Music Technolgy. I never really felt very excited about this and just saw it as a means to an end. Then on results day, I was feeling depressed and physically didn't want to go to surrey anymore through fears of not fitting in or doing well(doing a BTEC and coming from a poorer background). So I chose to change to studying Music Technology at Leeds Beckett. This was because I thought I would do better at the course and fit in more as well as liking Leeds more, and having better transport links to where I live. This is so I could go home easier for the weekend if I wanted to. I felt slightly better about this but the depression and anxiety about the decision were still there. As well as this, at the time I was falling more and more out of love with Music Tech.

It came to the week of uni and I had just moved in making friends with people in my flat and such went out and enjoyed some of Freshers. I went to the first couple of introduction lessons you have in freshers and I made another rash decision. Without thinking I changed course. What was going through my mind at the time was that I was going to find the course too easy, which was incredibly naive and big-headed of me, but I changed to Media and Communications because I felt like I wanted to study something more radio related. I very quickly found out this wasn't for me, being almost entirely academic and nothing at all practical. At this point, I realised I just kept making these quick and rash decisions, so I went and talked to the touters of both courses, a careers advisor and a counsellor. They all agreed that I should maybe take a year out and think about my options, but going to uni at 19 I felt if I took a year out I would be around 2 years older than most of the students and what I wanted from uni was a job but also to have the student experience.

Final Chapter(lol)
After this, I went and changed course(yet again) to the Filmmaking course they do as a part of the Northen Film School. I thought this would be a good degree for me as it is both creative and practical. I am currently studying this but feel as if it's not me. One major aspect of the course I am enjoying is that fact that we have specialism tasters every 3 weeks in the different parts of filmmaking, e.g. directing, cinematography etc. So I think it will be good to try and figure out things about what I like a little bit more, but this is where my major question comes from, do I:
A) keep doing the course for the rest of the year to see if I fall in love with it.
B)Keep doing the degree and transfer next year to a better uni to just go to uni for the sake of getting a good degree.
C)Drop out of uni after the first term and take the rest of the year to find my passion and maybe go back next year to maybe study music again.

Any responses are appreciated, maybe just saying wow, never heard of someone doing that or just leaving some helpful advice. I think ill figure it out eventually but any inputs are great.
Hi there,

This is indeed a unique situation I think! My personal advice at this point would be (feel free to take this with a pinch of salt):

1. If you are going to stay at Uni, you need to definitely really enjoy the course you’re doing. You don’t need to love absolutely every part of it, but you do need to be interested and motivated enough to do well and to see yourself fitting into some of the career paths on offer (or making sure that the degree won’t close off any career paths you think you’d really like).

2. Obviously, you don’t need to stay at Uni. Depending on your student finance situation and the terms of your contracts, if you feel that you could use a year more productively and eg get work experience or a placement, then you find another course you think is your dream course and want to apply for that, go for it!

3. This is assuming you’re able to cancel your contracts. If not, there are really three options: dropping out but losing a lot of money from your contracts (not recommended!), sticking with your current degree (if there are parts you enjoy and you can specialise further and think you’ll get a lot out of the course and come to love it), or switch degree within the Uni again (subject to what your Uni can accommodate). I’d recommend having another chat with a tutor at your Uni to think these options through.

Good luck, and remember at the end of the day the most important thing is that you study something you enjoy, are interested in and are good at!
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