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1. Posted by SoulAsylum (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

So right now I am filling out UCAS forms, and I've been thinking alot, and I've been thinking whether or not to go to Uni this year (2008) or the year after (2009, defering and taking a year out). I'm finding it really hard to think about what I'm going to do. I really want to take the year out and just dissapear travelling, like I've intended to do. but on the other hand I want to get Uni over with so I don't have to think about it anymore, I can always go travelling after right? Or will I have changed my mind by that time? I do want to go to Uni as I know it will hopefully get me a good job and 'prospects' but I don't want to live my life for money...

Basically I have a hard time thinking about tomorrow, let alone my whole life, and if anybody has experienced the same I would love to hear what you think!

Thanks, Rod.

2. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 9y

hey SoulAsylum: I suggest you do the old boring 2 lists exercise: advantages, disadvantages ( of taking some time off- as in a year- from uni- in order to travel).......try for a really BALANCED perspective on what is the 'best' option for you- at this time. University will be a gruelling haul, no doubt; but better to immerse yourself in it and do really well at it, rather than simply 'get it over with', meaning: a period of time travelling BEFORE uni might be just the right ticket. If you are slogging away at your studies and your mind is a thousand miles away in, say Peru or somewhere- then, how beneficial would that be? Conversely, travelling will soak up your savings; and for sure you will need those resources while at uni- as well as post- uni. You need to sit down and strongly consider ALL of the variables at work here- and then make a sound, reasoned decision. I wish you well. take care. Kevin

- Interesting. last night I was looking on ebay for the C.D. 'Hang Time' by the band 'Soul Asylum'.

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Yeah i would agree with Kezin on this one.

When choosing a degree, try and go with your best instincts, not what you think will get you into the best job. I did Computing the first time round thinking I'd walk into a high paying job. I absolutely hated it with a passion and I wasn't interested so I really had to force myself to keep going.

I'm doing a completely different degree through the Open University at the moment in a completely different area and really enjoying it. I wish I'd chosen better the first time but vision is always 20/20 in hindsight.

If you're not sure, take the time to think about it, if that means deferring a year. Don't rush through university - enjoy it.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

When choosing a degree, try and go with your best instincts, not what you think will get you into the best job. I did Computing the first time round thinking I'd walk into a high paying job. I absolutely hated it with a passion and I wasn't interested so I really had to force myself to keep going.

I second your agreement! Go with what you like to do - it'll pay off in the long run. I studied Creative Writing at University and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do afterward. I only knew I liked to write. So, after a few panicky years of starting-off jobs and making not very much, I finally ended up in advertising - it's hard, rewarding work and I love what I do. Getting paid to write - who'd have thought???! :)

As for travelling, well - I'd guess it doesn't matter whether you go now or later. What are you motivated to do at the moment? Go with that - it's the best way to ensure you won't be pining for something else.

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

It would be nice to educate yourself first. I do not have doubt that you would find lots of time to go travelling later on. You would never know, you might able to find a travel friend in the uni.

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

I say go travelling - particularly if you're not sure what you want to do at uni, the time away will give you space to think and help you make up your mind. Don't land yourself £15k in debt on a course you're not sure about!