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Some Tips for Choosing a University




Somerset Times Edition

Week 9,
Term Two, 2016

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Whether you’re in Year 10 or Year 12, it’s always good to just think about any possible studies you might like to do that will enable you to go into a job with passion and drive. For students in Years 9 and 10, selecting electives aligned with your planned future may help you determine what the right course is for you when selecting your subjects for Years 11 and 12.

But, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of career paths you can take, so here are three things you can keep in mind when selecting a university course.

Kenta Arichi and Catherine Gerrard, Academic Captains, with Dr Michael Brohier, Deputy Headmaster

  1. Keep things in perspective and don’t fear failure: Whether or not you get into the course of your dreams does not determine your self-worth. Speaking from personal experiences of failure, sometimes it helps you re-evaluate how badly you want to go into a course and whether or not it is right for you. Don’t let a fear of failure limit your options. There is no shame in thinking big and missing out. If anything, failure will be the stepping stone to future success, by either motivating you or to rethink what might be better for you. It is said that we learn much more from our failures than our successes.
  2. There is no such thing as wasting your ATAR: If you perform much better in Year 12 than you anticipated don’t feel the need to change your course so you don’t ‘waste your ATAR’ unless you really want to. Of course you should be very proud of such an achievement but, pick a course you are passionate about. A lower entry score for a course does not automatically mean it’s ‘less prestigious’. As cliched as it sounds, if you follow your heart with what you are passionate about, you are already on your way to future success.
  3. University is more than an education: University is laying the foundation for your future in your given field, so find a university which you know will push every aspect of your life. Attend the open days throughout the year to find out more about what clubs the universities offer and see the life outside of the lecture room it has to offer.

If you’re still confused, the College has fantastic people to talk to about your future as well, these include your teachers and Mrs Crowley. No other school has such a large team of people committed to your future, so make sure to ask any questions you may have.

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