Okay, so university isn’t going entirely to plan. You love your accommodation, your friends and everything about the experience – apart from your degree. UCAS tricked you with their vague course descriptions and now you have to do something about it.
Rather than dropping out and pursuing your dream as a deep-sea fisher-person, consider switching courses – even if you’re a few years in. There are some huge advantages to prolonging your degree, here are five of them.
1. You’ll already have a load of friends
The hardest part of university is making your first group of friends. After that, it’s a breeze since you have a strong support system. Switching courses is especially easy early on because you’ll have a max of one year on your own when your mates graduate. It might be a good idea to make some friends in the year below, too.
2. You’re going to be in debt forever anyway
At £9.000 a year, there’s no point worrying about debt – accept it. One or two extra years might look like a heavy sum on paper but paying off a smaller amount with a job you absolutely loathe is less ideal.
3. A change of direction will reignite your interest in education
Uni can become stagnant after a while. The novelty of a weekly grind can wear thin, especially if you don’t care about the subject. Switching degrees will force you out of your comfort and reignite a sense of purpose in your week.
4. Gives you an extra year of putting off employment
Every graduate spends 60% of their time post-uni thinking and wishing they were back at university, that’s a cold, hard fact. Make the most of your time, for the sake of everyone who has graduated. Use that extra year to do all the things you won’t be able to do in employment like drink five times a week and lie-in until one.
5. It will truly pay off in the long run
Your happiness is priceless so if you genuinely feel unhappy in your studies, take affirmative action. The university will understand and you won’t be the only one making a switch. University teaches you, above all things, to be an independent thinker so take control of your life and make the switch!