As new students await the hefty new fees brought in by then con-dem government, I want to discuss just what you’re paying for when you finally arrive.
At the age of 19 when I first applied for Northumbria, the draws of the student lifestyle and a degree in hand were almost too much to wait for. I imagined my care free life – studying during the weekdays and spending the weekends partying with my new found friends.
After the first few months of doing just that, it began to dawn on me that it wasn’t all that glamourous after all, and in fact I began to feel slightly robbed.
I’m one of the lucky ones who joined university at the perfect time – before the increase in fees. Yet, still paying £3,500 a year I expected to be in university more that 4 HOURS A WEEK!!!
I’m positive I’m not the only one who has this issue, but as I moved into my final year and had the sudden realisation of exactly what I was paying for became incredible frustrating. My life had become one of boredom, routine and almost nothingness. I had far too much time to do the work I was being given (which I know I shouldn’t complain about but still), I had to take on a part time job in order to not only fill my time, but to pay for the things I was spending money on due to the fact I wasn’t studying, and worst of all, i was going to leave university with a £20k+ debt for being taught on a minimum basis.
It also came to the forefront of my mind that even when I did attend univeristy, the amount I had learnt from and actual person was almost non-existent. My lecture slides and seminar notes had become my only source of knowledge through the whole three years.
Even the attractive nightlife and huge social circles had become boring and lost their spark. After doing the same thing so often, I found myself longing for graduation day and a time where I have a full time job and a real-life responsibilities – Where has my student life gone???
If I could go back and choose all over again …
Well, I CERTAINLY would not choose Northumbria if I was to go to university. The lack of organisation, effort and general nouse for teaching was at best laughable. But as a journalist, my advice would be to first see if you can get into a local newspaper or radio station as a trainee, or even do an NCTJ distance course alongside a part ime job.
Definitely go into university with an open mind, but it certainly isn’t the be all and end all of your life… just your bank balance.