These days it seems unless you plan to attend university the minute you’ve finished school then you shouldn’t really be acknowledged. So much pressure is put on children to know what they want to do, or at least have an idea, by the time they’re thirteen. When expected to pick their school subjects they’re told to choose ‘wisely’ cause it could affect them in the future. At thirteen I knew I hated the 8:30am school start and despised having to wear a tie, but ask me what I wanted to do with my life and I’d stare you blankly in the face before neglecting the question and shrugging my shoulders. Not because I wanted to be the biggest pain in the arse on the planet, I already had that title by then, but because I, like most people that age, genuinely was clueless. So why is the need to go to university still thrust upon us from such a young age?
When I was in my final year of high school we were sorted into registration classes based on whether they thought we would go on to higher education or not. This was also, of course, decided before asking any of the students themselves. And Why? What fucking good does that do anyone? I was placed into a class who WOULD go on to university and when I informed my guidance teacher I planned to take either a gap year or attend a basic college course to make sure I definitely wanted to spend four years of my life studying this subject, she tried her damned hardest to change my mind -“But you’re REALLY clever.” or “Why waste another year of your life if you could get in now?” Of course she lost. I’m a stubborn cunt. But I’m glad I’m a stubborn cunt, I did it my way and I’m now happy. However, there were plenty of people who didn’t do it their way. They instead listened to the schools advice. They were told ‘I know what I’m talking about’/’I’m older and I know better’ and have now either dropped out or have no idea why they’re studying the course they’re studying. There is no denying they’re clever but that still doesn’t stop them from wanting the fuck out of higher education. They hate it.
Now I’m not saying this is for everyone. For some people, yes, going to university straight from school is the best option and they love it. But there will be an equal amount of students who are probably thinking the opposite. Just because you’re clever doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to work out what it is you really want to do first. You’re probably about to get yourself into a ridiculous amount of debt, so why not make sure it’s semi worth it, y’know?
And what about those kids who just don’t see the appeal of university or college. They want to leave school and go straight into a job. Good on them. Why not? So why is this often frowned upon? Why should they be pushed aside? Why does the majority of the education system write them off? Fuck this brighter future shite. A bright future is one in which the participant is happy. Higher education or not.