Life of a University
I am a student at a sixth-from college in Cambridge. I’ve just finished my AS level exams in Geography, Biology, English and French but I haven’t received the results yet. I still haven’t finished my studies because I have to do my A level exams next summer. I haven’t decided yet what to do after A levels: go to university, get a job or do a gap year and then go to university after that.
On the one hand, I could go to university immediately after my A levels. I could continue my studies and then find a well-paid job. The main advantage of a well-paid job is that I could pay back my loan quickly. However, I’ve heard that lots of students end up borrowing even more money. One of the disadvantages of going to university is that I couldn’t afford to leave home so I’d end up having to stay at home for another three years with my parents.
On the other hand I could get a job straight after my A levels. There are two main advantages to this. The first is that I could earn my own salary and be independent very quickly. The second is that I could save up and buy a flat. I’ve seen flats for £50,000 in the centre of town. However, there are also disadvantages to getting a job straight away. The main one is that I’d miss my friends. Since my friend Matthew started work last month, I’ve only seen him about three times. He’s stuck in an office from 9.00am until 6.00pm every day.
Then again, I could wait for a year before going to university and do a gap year. One big advantage is that it would be a good experience to see a different country and its lifestyle. I’ve never been abroad before and I could even learn another language. I’ve searched the Internet recently and found a lot of good organisations. On the other hand, if I do this I would need money to pay for the trip. This would mean getting a part-time job while studying for A levels.
In conclusion, I think that I might wait and see what results I get in my exams next summer and I think I’ll probably go to university straight after school. I’m not keen to get a job straight away and miss out on my youth and I don’t think a gap year is a good option because I’m not sure I culd work and study at the same time.