It’s results day today. In fact, I had completely forgotten. I woke up this afternoon thinking it was Sunday. That’s what happens after you’ve been through all your results days 😂.
Usually, I try to stay away from what’s trending in irl when it comes to this blog. Mainly because I like to write when and as I feel inspired to not because of what’s going on in the world right now. But after going through Twitter today, I felt it was time that I broke one of my own rules (again). Of course, there was crazy success stories and positivity on the tl but there were some reoccurring debates, that always tend to happen around this time of the year and it irked me just enough to say it was time to put pen to paper.
• University/Degrees are pointless
I saw a few tweets that were suggesting that going to university is a waste of time and money and energy. That it’s something that you shouldn’t bother with, that you’re not going to achieve anything with it.
Someone said that “degrees mean nothing in this day and age”. And with tweets of similar rhetoric, people replied in a similar way, that maybe they had failed their degree or had failed to do something tangible with their degree. It got to a point where it all became increasingly repetitive. And I was getting increasingly irritated.
Whether you decide to go to uni or not, that’s your choice. Whether you decide to do something with your degree or not, if you attain one, again that’s your choice. Don’t let someone else dictate that. We’re all on different paths and journeys and we should do what is best for us and what we want to do. Please, do not let strangers control your life or your decisions.
I agree with both sides of the party. I agree to some extent that university degrees may not have that much importance, in the sense that you can do things with your life and excel without having a degree. I do think it is nice to have that back-up, but I don’t feel that it is a do or die situation. It’s your life, it’s your choice. Like I said before, do what’s best for you. But don’t take the easy way out, and just say no I’m not going to uni, make sure you’re taking the route that will be most profitable for you and not in terms of money but in terms of comfortability and willingness.
Someone on Twitter argued to ignore the tweets of Jeremy Clarkson if you’re black.
— Aaron Anthony (@_Aaron_Anthony_) August 18, 2016
That white privilege is not spread on our bread and is not poured in our wine cups. And it’s true. We’d be deceiving ourselves if we think we have it the same as the white man. However, that doesn’t mean to say you have to go to university. I know I’m getting quite repetitive, but if university is not for you, then don’t go down that route. Do what you feel you’re comfortable with. Granted, it’s harder to be black in this world but have we not made it? Have we not come this far? So, if you want to, take up that degree and if you don’t want to then don’t.
The key here really is whichever route you go down, if you decide to get a degree or not, don’t be passive. In both options, you can garner experiences, acquire different types of knowledge and information and generally propel forward. Maybe it’s starting your own business or writing your own book maybe it’s becoming a pro YouTuber. The idea is you don’t just sit down and do Netflix and chill every day. In both options, you can pursue your passion. No matter what, in life I’ve found the ultimate is to find out what you love, do what you love and love what you do.
A common question is whether degrees are worth it, whether they are of importance. And everyone will have different stands on this. Degrees make you look pretty on paper, but then so does experience. Some people’s passions will mean that they have to study further and some people’s dreams will mean that this kind of qualification isn’t essential. Knowledge is never wasted. And university is a once in a lifetime experience. I do not feel there is a right or wrong answer, I feel that there is only a decision that you, personally, have to make. Plus, you don’t have to go to university now, you can always go later on in life. It’s your life, you call the shots.
• Russel Group Unis (RGUs) vs. Non-Russel Group Unis (NRGUs)
I want to keep this one short. It doesn’t matter. RGUs give an opportunity for name dropping, if you say “I went to Cambridge” people are going to be automatically impressed and we all know the reasons why. People will turn their nose up at NRGUs, be prepared. And remember, just because you went to a NRGU doesn’t equate to your results being rubbish. NRGUs tend to offer a variety of courses and different types of combinations that you don’t tend to get at RGUs. Hence, why some people opt for it. At the end of the day, your first or 2:1 will be the same. And the work isn’t necessarily going to be easier at one uni than the other. Respect each other regardless. Be nice.
• A Levels and BTEC
I’ll be honest here, I was one of the people that argued A Level is superior to BTEC. It would irritate me the fact there BTECers wouldn’t do any exams whilst I was inundated with exams and coursework. And then to find out that RGUs will still take them up?! I was mad. And then I found out that BTECers will start off at Foundation Year as opposed to year 1. And it soothed my soul. But then I was just slyly bitter. Now, I will make the same point as before, do what’s best for you and what works for you. At the end of the day, BTEC doesn’t limit you and a lot of work still goes into it. It’s a shame that there are endless stigmas when it comes to education, please don’t let this be one to bother you.
• Results and Intelligence
Do not be fooled. Exams aren’t a great test of your intelligence but mostly of your memory and your ability of application. Additionally, we’re all wired differently and there are different types of intelligence. In year 4, there was a boy in my school that could do all types of mathematic calculations off the top of his head, very quickly. However, English was his weakness. I didn’t do any preparation for my English exams but I did a lot of revision for my Maths exams. Meanwhile, there are people out there that do nothing at all and do continuously well. My words to you are, find out what your strengths and weaknesses are and make the relevant improvements and changes to become a better you.
No matter what grades you get on that piece of paper, it doesn’t determine your life unless you allow it to. You take what you have, and you work with it. You’ll be surprised at the results. My parents always say to give it your best, that no matter what happens you can say you put your all in it and that is a feat in itself.
• Gap Year
These aren’t the enemy. If you want to take a year out, then do so. Universities and employers like it if people do, as it tends to add maturity to the individual and you tend to gain more life experiences. So, if you’re thinking about taking a year out, do your research, ask yourself why, and once you’re satisfied, go ahead and make sure you don’t just let the whole year go by without doing nothing at all. Trust me, it will go fast. Be productive and enjoy yourself and relax too.
I think I’ve pretty much got everything off my chest. I’m probably still going to rant on Snapchat tho. But in the meantime, congratulations to you all. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, no matter what you choose.