In my profile I mentioned briefly that my original plan before university was to finish college and find a job. I had no idea what I wanted to do career-wise, so I saw no point in applying for university.
As the UCAS submission deadline got closer I began to browse through the courses which were available to study at the University of Suffolk. Criminology and Sociology really intrigued me and whilst I still had no specific career in mind, I had studied Sociology in high school and I was obsessed with crime-related programmes and interested in crime in general. I considered my options and applying for university and getting a degree seemed to outweigh not going to university and finding a job.
I only applied to the University of Suffolk and I was accepted with a conditional offer. The reason for only applying to study in Suffolk was because I was adamant that I did not want to move away from home. Studying can be very stressful, and I wanted to study in a place where I felt at home, safe and near to my family and friends. I also saw no point in moving away when I could study the course I wanted here in my hometown.
Now that I have completed my three years at university, I can look back and say that a degree is much more valuable than people may think. Many people think that going to university and getting a degree is pointless, but it is far from that. A degree provides students with learning opportunities, internships, graduate schemes and other extracurriculars to obtain ~real-world~ experience which can then vastly benefit them career-wise.
However, I also consider degrees to be valuable for the individual. Speaking from my experience, I have not only developed my knowledge and skills, but I have also grown as a person. My modules have opened my mind to alternative ways of thinking which then has had an effect on my life personally and how I view certain aspects of life and particular topics.
Overall, I am so glad that I changed my mind and applied and so grateful to be able to say that I have a BSc with Honours in Criminology and Sociology and a whole new outlook.