For many year 13s, the end of schooling life at Macleans and the start of university is rapidly approaching. So, this week’s Student Space article will include a few questions and answers about university (and life in general) that might be relevant to you.
- Am I picking the right degree?
Unfortunately, there is no way for anyone to know for certain whether they’re picking the right degree for university, or even going down the right path in life: that’s just the one of the side effects of choice. As odd as it may be, the teachers at Macleans don’t actually gain perverse pleasure in watching you suffer studying Maths or English (though often it may seem to be the case). Instead, they are forcing you to widen your range of subjects and knowledge to give you more options for the future. University doesn’t give you these options. But luckily for us, most universities are rather lenient on people who want to switch degrees—there’s nothing you can’t change if you’re willing to put in the effort.
- Will I remain close with my high school friends?
High school is a relatively short period of your life. Though at the moment, it might seem like your high school friends are the only friends you’ll ever have, this is definitely not the case. True, your ‘BFF’ may be your best friend forever, but the reality is: without communication, no relationship will last—no matter how strong it used to be. The change from high school to university can seem extremely daunting because you might begin with no friends by your side, but this is not the end of the world. University is a chance for you to step out of your comfort zone, talk to strangers and make new friends. Just as it is easily broken, friendship is easily formed. So cherish your friends and maintain communication if you don’t want to lose them, and at the same time, allow yourself to be open to new friendships and new experiences.
- Will I always be crippled by my student loan?
Yes. Yes, you will be, if you don’t get a job and stay on your parents’ couch. But in all seriousness, finishing university with a student loan is not the end of the world. You will, more likely than not, go through life with a loan of some sort or other—a student loan, mortgage, bank loan, etc. In a way, the student loan can be seen as a blessing instead of a burden. It allows you to slowly pay your fees instead of having to sell your house to pay for university up front, lets you gain independence and motivates you to find a job. The student loan is a taste of the money-centric world we have previously been sheltered from, and is one of the many obstacles you will have to face to become an independent adult.
Hopefully this article has managed to answer a few questions about university, and soothed some worries and fears about this amazing opportunity to mature. It may be daunting to consider the fact that your grades, actions and life in university could pave your future, not to mention the insanely high student loans you’ll eventually have to pay back… But what is life without a little risk? For all my fellow year 13’s out there, remember: “This could be the start of something new. It feels so right to be here with you(niversity)”
Written by: Daisy Huang. Edited by: Saffron Huang