Providing you read my last post, you will understand that I am unable to continue my studies at Reading University. As heartbreaking as this was, I decided that enough was enough and I had to move on to a new chapter in my life. I was never told that there is always an option or a different route to get where you want to be in life.

I think the social norm is to finish school/college and either go straight to university or take a year out and go back to it, but no one ever talks about retaking a year or taking a year out during university because people may think that you have failed. I think this is utter crap and I’m not just saying this from my own experience but it is. Why should it be seen as a failure if you don’t progress in second, third or fourth year? Many students gain a degree when they reach a mature age. Does it really matter what age you are?  Of course, you don’t want to build up a mountain of student debt, but gaining a degree just shows that you have worked hard to achieve a highly regarded qualification.

Anyway. I have considered all the options available to me (change course, change university, apprenticeships, go to college, work full-time) knowing that all of the suggestions will get me where I want to be. However, I have finally decided and have been accepted onto a Business Management course at the University of South Wales. I honestly cannot wait to continue studying a subject that I thoroughly enjoy. I have been fortunate enough to have been given a second chance at doing something that I love, even if I do have to live with my parents for another year. What I am saying is that there will most likely be a solution to a problem during your time as a student.

So if you find yourself in a position like me, either this year or next year, then ask for advice from the careers departments in your university. The career advisers are there and are qualified to help you get the qualifications and advice you need for your chosen career, so take advantage of this department at your university.

In terms of housing, I, like many students would have signed a contract for a house in second year. Signing a legally binding contract is awfully difficult to get out of, so the best thing to do is to contact the estate agent or landlord and ask for advice. Most contracts will state that you can find someone to replace your tenancy, however, it is always best to check with someone who knows the score.

What have I learnt from this experience? Well firstly, the first year definitely does count. It might not count towards your degree but you need to do well to progress into the second year. Secondly, if you are unable to continue studying a course, then there are options available to you. Thirdly, if you are a bit worried and don’t know what to do then there are people you can talk to. Special departments and staff are qualified to help you with any queries in regards to options or advice. And lastly, don’t panic! The situation will sort itself out in the end. I firmly believe that things happen for a reason and if you are not meant to study in your chosen university, then it is for a reason.

I cannot wait to start a new chapter in my life studying at the University of South Wales.