When I first started school I was always eager to learn, always keen to try something new but as I got older I found that what we were learning just wasn’t interesting me anymore. I didn’t want to learn about quadratic equations or catalysts or how to solve a trigonometry question without a calculator. I wanted to educate myself on things that would help me get to where I wanted to be in life, I wanted to read and write and tell people about the things I had learnt.
Writing has always been a passion of mine. Whether it’s coming up with short stories for English class, writing articles in History or something else just for fun, I’ve always looked forward to the tasks that enabled us to have a bit of creativity with our written work. Coming from an academically-centred school in England, there wasn’t much opportunity for this during my first set of exams as the subject choices were very limited. There was slightly more choice when I reached 16, although still not as much as I had hoped for, but it was still better than nothing.
Between leaving school last June and joining university I worked full-time because going straight from school to university was not what I wanted at the time. The majority of my friends had enrolled either in university or college and so I found myself a bit lost of what to do with myself, and unsure of where I wanted to be in life. The time I had off from being at school really helped me to focus on what I wanted and so I applied for UOW, much to my manager’s dismay, as the Communication and Media course was exactly what I was looking for.
University has already opened my eyes to the different degrees available and the subject choices within them even more so, despite only being here for a week. This is the freedom that I have been looking for since starting secondary school all those years ago; the freedom to choose what I want to do with my life, the freedom that I could never find back home. This is what I have been waiting for and I’m not going to let it pass me by. I now have the ability to have complete control over my education, over what I learn and where I want to go in life. The only thing that I don’t have control over is where this journey is going to take me, but I can definitely say I’m looking forward to finding out.
So in short, I guess the simple answer to this question is; why not?