STRAIGHT TALK: Think hard before embarking on university

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Students up and down the country are making the last additions to their packed-up boxes ready to begin their journey through university life.

Pots and pans, pens and all the cleaning products money can buy are being purchased by excited students and proud parents in the run-up for their first year of student life.

But this time next year, will the streets be full of aspiring scientists, journalists and lawyers, or will the likes of McDonald’s and HMV be busting at their seams with 17-year-old employees?

As we all know, university tuition fees are rising, meaning they can now charge up to £9,000 per year for a place on one of their courses; over £5,000 more than most fees at the moment.

And in my opinion, the majority of these courses aren’t worth £9, let alone £9,000!

From Golf Management to a module in David Beckham studies, university courses can be far from worthwhile, and with the majority of employers choosing experience over education, it’s a wonder anybody bothers.

So why is it that so many young people are happy to spend the rest of their lives dwelling in debt for the sake of a useless degree?

Well for me, it’s all about experience. Meeting new people, making new friends and having the chance to experience ‘the real world’ are just some of the things that make the colossal debt worthwhile. But can anybody really justify spending £9,000 a year for an experience?

And although I may have painted the perfect picture of university life, for a course which is amazingly unorganised, gives no thrills and which lecturers fail to attend, any amount of money is a lot to pay. So the £3,375 course I currently study, raising its fees to £8,300 in 2012, stuns me completely.

The poor organisation and lack of teaching has led me to detest the subject I once loved and turn to a life of partying to occupy my student life.

This may not sound like such a hardship, but for a grand total of around £20,000 after my third year I’d really quite like to gain some level of education.

The partying may be a blast, but where’s that going to get me in ten years’ time?

So if you’re a young student pondering your options, I urge you to do one thing; THINK. If you’re considering university, check out the city you want to live in, the course you want to study and the lecturers who you intend to be taught by.

Consider all of these before taking the big – and expensive – step towards further education. It may well be the most important decision of your life.