People go to university for many different reasons. But, everyone tends to ask the same question once they get there, ‘Why am I here?‘ As an Academic Advisor at a major North American university, I find this to be the underlying current behind a lot of students’ fears and anxieties that students have when they first start university. From my experience, I can honestly say that most first year students don’t really know how to answer this question. When asked, I usually get vague and confused responses like: my parents want me to be here, my friends are going here, and I need a degree in order to get a good job.
While these are valid reasons for any of you to go seek higher education, it really does miss the bigger picture of what a university experience can offer you. Here are some of my own personal thoughts on what university is and isn’t about.
University is about…
- Learning about the world
- Learning about yourself
- Meeting other people who share your passion and interest
- Developing the focus & discipline you need to succeed
University is NOT
- A guarantee of a ‘good’ job
- A place you have to be at this point in your life
- To be viewed as only a financial investment
Ultimately, what I’m trying to say is that going to college or university can mean many things to many people. But, what it’s important to remember is that higher education is a journey that brings with it many rewards, but also many costs. It’s one of the most important journeys you can ever go through in life. It can pave the way for a better future for you financially, but it’s also one that can lead to a worse financial situation. So, essentially this puts many students in a very difficult situation where the road to greater financial rewards may also lead to a great financial burden. So, what are you supposed to do when faced with such a situation?
Firstyearuniversity.com is here to help. We’re here to help give you the tools to make better decisions about higher education so that you can avoid those common, but avoidable mistakes that lead to picking the wrong classes, failing grades and costly course repeats.