Do I regret not going to university?

10.2.16

 
When I was a little girl, I always said I wanted to be a nurse. I used to spend hours pretending my teddy bears and dolls were patients, or I'd pick on family members to have a bandage wrapped around their head.
 
When I got to high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I felt like I had to follow the crowd, so I applied to go to college for beauty therapy, but I didn't hear back in time as I got an apprenticeship by then. If you asked me what a business and administration apprentice was back when I was in high school I wouldn't have a clue. I don't know anyone who dreamed to be an office worker. I use the term office worker, as since I have left school I have worked for three different companies, firstly as an office administrator/receptionist, then senior administrator and now document controller.


Having the security of something that paid and had routine/structure was great when I left school. I worked hard at my job and I completed my apprenticeship, now with two business qualifications under my belt, I'm now studying for my HNC.
 
When Calum and I were in the car the other day, I came out with "if you could go back in time, would you change your career, study, etc?"
 
He said no, then proceeded to ask me what I would do. It really got me thinking.
 
I spent most of my teenage years hiding my interests as they were deemed uncool or in fear of being called names. Now that I'm in my mid-twenties (ugh), I genuinely do not care what people think about me. I'm really interested in history, art and crime. When I say crime, I mean I love watching documentaries on unsolved murder cases, reading about people such as Burke and Hare, etc.
 
So I said to Calum, if I could go back, I would have stayed at high school for the extra two years for my highers, and if I was good enough, I would have went to university to study history or English literature. He looked a bit shocked considering my current job and studies isn't even near this route!
 
When I think of university, I think of big rooms with high ceilings, floor to roof covered in books and interesting professors. A lot of my friends stayed on to do those extra years at high school and went to university, and I'm sure my vision of it isn't at all like it. I also know people who went to university and haven't done anything with their degree since then. This scares me. What would be the point in studying a subject I wouldn't be able to use?
 
So the answer to do I regret not going is no. I'm quite content reading books about the various subjects, watching documentaries and visiting museums, etc. I think there will always be a big "what if?" there, but I can't change the past.
 
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