The Times has opened the floodgates to the higher education question today, and no doubt many people will be passionately extolling or deriding the choice to attend university. It’s something that maybe people seem to have firm opinions on but I’m not sure where I stand to be honest.
I pretty much always expected to go to Uni, so it didn’t seem like much of a choice for me (although I did seriously swither between English Lit and Art College for a good while). And even though I hated a lot of my undergraduate degree and failed to make new any lifelong friends during the process, I don’t regret it. I do regret the loan it’s left me with but I don’t think I’d have the job I have now without the degree.
The MSc was more enjoyable, but mainly because it was more creative and again I don’t think I could say I enjoyed it, but I can honestly say I write better for it. In terms of making real money in the future – I suspect getting a degree is overrated. As an experience you should grab with both hands if you get the chance – I say go for it. You can always drop out and get a proper job if you hate it, and if you’re left overqualified for some jobs after it surely you only need to be a little creative with your CV?