I know that I’m not the only one who has struggled with this decision and I’m not even in the year that I have to make this decision in.

Many Year 13’s are currently facing this decision because they have to decide what to do with their lives next year after school but they are being pressured by so many people that this decision can become very stressful. These students are being pressured by their teachers and family members to do what they think is best for the student but this isn’t always what the student wants for themselves.

The most common options that students choose from are taking a year or more off to travel, going straight into a job or taking a year off to work and save up for university or going straight to university. University isn’t always the option for most people, they may want to just go straight into a job that they don’t need a degree for but for some people University also isn’t an option because of the cost and this can cause people to decide to take a year or more off to earn some money to be able to go to University.

The only problem with taking a year or more off is that you are opened up to the problem of not wanting to go back to studying because the world is more exciting and you can get caught up in the real world rather than going straight from school into study. If you go straight from school into study then you still have all of the same skills you had at high school and all of the same study habits that you used then and can use in University.

If you take a year off you can risk losing these, then again this doesn’t happen to everyone. In the end it is up to each individual to decide what they want to do with their lives. At this stage in my life I am pretty certain that I want to go straight from High School into University because I don’t want to risk not wanting to go back.

I currently don’t know what I want to study but that will come with time but I would much rather go straight to Uni than take a year off but that is just my opinion, this may not work for everyone. I want to travel more than anything but that can wait till after I have left University because then I will always have a degree to fall back on.

Everyone is different and what your best friend is doing most of the time won’t be what you want to do and that is okay. It is better to be 100% certain about what you want to do with your life rather than going and studying something that you aren’t going to enjoy and having a huge student loan. If you don’t want to go to University then don’t, don’t feel pressured to do something you don’t want to do. Lead the life you want to lead because otherwise it is no fun.



Nicole Ashby Pic 2Author: Nicole Ashby

Nicole Ashby is currently a Year 12 student at Ellesmere College in Leeston, New Zealand. She has always had an interest in writing in classes at school and in her free time. She enjoys writing about things that matter to people her age that they may not know much about or they want to broaden their knowledge on a certain subject. Nicole enjoys writing about things that matter to her and things that she thinks more people should be aware about. When she was 12 she was one of 5 who won a writing competition in Creme magazine about her experience in the earthquakes. She has written pieces for her local newsletter, The Ellesmere Echo, about school events and this year she has taken on the task of being the editor of her school magazine. She also has an interest for design and creating magazine covers and spreads. Nicole looks forward to expanding her writing and creating pieces for people to enjoy.


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