8 Reasons Why Going To University Is Worth It Aside From Just Getting a Degree
While it’s true the whole end game of going to university is to get a degree, there’s no doubt there are also other benefits that, depending on your mindset, may even trump getting the degree itself.
1. Living the party lifestyle.
This is possibly the most easily guessed of the lot but the party lifestyle can be spectacular, should you want it. One of the best things about it is that it can be different for everyone depending on your flatmates, societies, sports teams, etc. But either way, Freshers’ week will be your Mardi Gras. At least until second year when you actually have to start working and putting real effort in…
2. Moving away from home.
Moving away can be a great thing for a number of reasons, some of which will be points all their own. One of the first things students think about when they hear the word ‘university’ is living away from their parents. Moving away from your hometown can be great and really help you develop as a person.
3. Living with friends.
Carrying on from moving away, being at university gives you the chance to live with your friends. Maybe not so much in first year as you actually have to make friends first but from second year onwards, it could be non-stop fun with your best mates. However, choose your housemates wisely – some people might be great in small servings but a nightmare to actually live with!
Moving away is a double-edged sword. True, you’re able to go out and come back as you please, you can eat what you want when you want, and you can even spend days in bed doing nothing. However, you also must clean up after yourself, pay your own bills, and actually learn to cook something over than pot noodles and beans on toast. Ah, student life.
5. You get a student loan.
Whilst it’s true you will technically have to pay it back at some point, it would be a lie to say that getting a student loan isn’t a benefit. Getting over a grand shot into your account three times a year seems like a pretty great deal since you don’t even have to start paying it back til you’re earning a salary of over 21k.
6. Avoiding a full-time job.
This one is really simple; maybe you’re just not ready to throw yourself into the working world yet. You’re basically just avoiding adulthood. So taking around 3 years out to have as much fun as possible while still doing something productive seems good considering you’re just trying to avoid work. Plus, you’ll still get money from your loan to live on. Win-win, if you ask me.
7. Creating a network for life.
A lot of people may not realise it but the connections you make at university could potentially benefit you in the future. A network of professional friends whose careers span from doctors, lawyers, police, librarians and so on could come in handy for a multitude of reasons later on in your life.
8. Reinventing yourself.
Going off to university sometimes means a complete change of scenery occupied by completely different and new people. This gives you the chance to completely reinvent yourself and start again. Anything bad or embarrassing you’ve previously done can stay in the past, and an entirely new person can take that place.