Focus on school, and uni later

May 17, 2018

Shepparton High School Year 12 student Suzie McPherson.

By Suzie McPherson

If you’re doing VCE, then you’re most likely considering university as an option for when you finish school.

University can be a great way to decide on what you want to do in your career, meet new people and discover things about yourself.

I know a lot of people who are hell-bent on getting into a particular course.

They have read up on it, they picked the subjects that are prerequisites for that course, and they never stop talking about that course.

They have their life planned out for how their university years are going to go and what career they’re going to go into after they’ve finished and got their degree.

Now, while I admire their passion and their assurance in knowing what they want to do, I understand that their plans may not go the way they hope.

Every adult I have spoken to about careers has told me the same thing; they didn’t know what they wanted to do at 17, and that I shouldn’t stress.

They still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up (mind you, these are people in their 40s).

Almost all the university students/graduates I have spoken to have told me that the course they originally dreamed about getting into, and worked so hard to do so, ended up being something they didn’t enjoy, or even hated.

Some of them had to change subjects several times before they finally found something that interested them.

Some people didn’t even like their career after university, so they found something else.

Some people didn’t even go to university in the first place, and found a career they loved by pure chance.

So, if you’re like me and you have absolutely no idea what to tell people when they ask ‘‘what are your plans after high school?’’, don’t stress about it, and just focus on school for now, and worry later about what you’re going to be doing when you’re 30 years old.

If you’re not like me, and you’re absolutely certain about what you want to do, then awesome.

Keep it up and study hard so you can get into your course, but don’t think that your life is going to be over if it doesn’t go to plan.

From what I’ve heard, it never really does.

Suzie McPherson is in Year 12 at Shepparton High School.

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