Worried that you’re rejecting universities for silly reasons? That your reasons for dismissing them aren’t good enough? Here are some perfectly valid reasons for saying “no thanks” to a university.
It’s Not in the Right Place
If you want a busy city life to socialise and have fun when you aren’t studying, then rejecting a university in the middle of nowhere with not a club in even a binocular view is the right thing to do. Similarly if you want countryside views and park walks next door to you, then rejecting noisy cities should be your first move. They’ll find someone else who wants what they can offer, we promise.
Don’t tell your parents this, but university isn’t just about studying, the
socialising element is also pretty important to your experience too. So if no societies or clubs are jumping out at you, and it’s something you were hoping to get involved in, then time to say, "sorry, it’s not you, it’s me", to that university.
The university looks great on paper and the open days were basically 3D versions of the
prospectus, including nothing but sunny days and attractive students, and it’s all perfect and your parents love it and want you to apply immediately. But there’s something stopping you and you don’t know why. Just a feeling and nothing else.
Gut instinct is a nightmare, but it’s a totally good reason to say "sorry, it’s not working out for me", to a university.
Ok, there’s no getting away from the fact that
university is expensive, and no matter where you go you’ll end up eating a lot of own brand supermarket food, predominately of the noodles and pasta variety.
But some universities will ask for more monies than others, and so if a university fee is just too darn high, then it’s fine to say, "I’m sorry, a better offer is available".
The university says it’s great, but the
students are saying otherwise. They say the accommodation isn’t as good as it looks, the city life is dull and the lecturers aren’t up to scratch.
Reading student reviews and talking to anyone you know who has already studied at your university of choice is a great way to get an honest opinion about what the university is really like, without the marketing and jargon that you may be bombarded with elsewhere.
Employability Isn’t Good Enough
Sorry to break this to you, but the whole point of university isn’t just to make new friends and stay up way past your bedtime for three years, you should be able to head out into the world of work as a result of your fancy new qualification.
So if one of your university choices doesn’t have great employability stats, or doesn’t offer any career support at all, then it might be time to say, "um, thanks but no thanks".
Right Subject, Wrong Modules
They might offer the course you want to do, but when you take a
closer look at the modules they don’t teach what you’d expect to learn. It’s a classic case of right place, wrong modules, and it’s not just in one term, it’s across every term.
It sucks, especially if it’s a university that’s perfect apart from the modules, but chances are you won’t enjoy or get as much out of the course if you don’t like what you’re learning in the first place. Sorry, but kick that uni to the kerb.
You Can Do Better
Ok, this sounds bad, and you might not even want to admit it, but if you get the feeling of, "they aren’t asking enough of me", or "I can do better than this", that’s ok, you deserve the best. Don’t settle, the university for you is out there!
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