Coming to the end of A-levels two years ago most have vague ideas on what they want to do or at least had some inkling on where they wanted to end up – or no idea at all. For me this wasn’t the case, I knew exactly where I wanted to be and what I wanted, I personally was set on going into neuroscience and cancer biology.
My plans, however, were thwarted by mental health, which is greatly acknowledged now, struggling for four years after losing your best friend can change your perspective on a lot of things which was the case for me personally. Nearing my exams, I decided to throw my plans all out the window and go in the complete opposite direction and not go to university at all.
Granted this decision was swayed by having to drop two A-levels due to absence but once I had decided not to go, there was no changing my mind. I ended up traveling the world and experiencing new cultures to try and find my new purpose in life. It was when I got back months later when I heard about Oxford Media and Business School.
Oxford Media and Business School gave me a chance to have a qualification allowing me to get into the working world in just a year. The course giving me a particular skill set that is very valuable in the working world currently. Here I discovered my new plan whilst having a completely different view on university.
I came to the realisation that you do not need to go to university to get where you want to be in life, living in Oxford doing Oxford Media and Business School having been in such a dark place beforehand I found myself happier than ever. I was not subjected to the stereotype of universities, being able to miss lectures and out in the town every night, I was focused on my future career.
What really opened my eyes was someone doing a 3/4year business course will graduate with no job and a similar qualification to mine. However, I finished in one year with a qualification and multiple job interviews lined up, this got me thinking well what is the point in university? We end up in the same place except they start where I would’ve been three years prior.
Although it is very unusual for someone who went to Marlborough College to not go to university, I decided to leave the herd and make my own path. The decision to not go to university was one of the best I could have made and I have never looked back and regretted that decision once.