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Friday, 9 March 2018

School, Uni, and all that.

This is an honest blog by an honest girl. I think it's important to be honest about yourself in life, and for some reason I find honesty much easier sitting behind a computer screen than staring at someone face-to-face. It is my honest feeling that I really don't care that much about having a degree and never really have. What I want to do in life doesn't require a degree. So why the fuck am I at uni?

I've written several posts about how much I didn't like school, so I won't bore readers with any more of that moany drivel (unless you haven't read many of them - there is a lot of variety here at Zarina's blog in terms of content, yippee). I guess when it comes to the academic element of school, sure, it's good to give young people a sense of achievement. I believe that if you don't have a sense of purpose or fulfillment in life, things can get dull and disheartening. Perhaps that's why 50s housewives were so depressed (yes, I've been watching too much Mad Men). We all need to feel useful, like we have something to aim for in life.
Oh LOL - cmon, my blog ain't that depressing...
But I feel that with the current education system in the UK, there's a lot of superficiality around it. There's this great quote from The Incredibles:
'they keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity but when someone is actually exceptional-'
Then Elastigirl cut him off as they were arguing about Dash. But it's true; the school system does celebrate mediocrity in many ways, and it's all because of this 'equality' crap. They need to make every single student feel special, even if they haven't done anything worthwhile. All this is doing is holding people back from reaching their full potential. GCSEs are a great example; they're nothing but exams that require 15 and 16 year olds to memorise large chunks of information to then be rewarded with letters on pieces of paper. Nothing about GCSEs is essential for life learning. A History teacher of mine once said you can't do much in life without a Maths GCSE. I know what she meant (you need GCSE Maths and English to apply for most degree courses which then lead to jobs etc), but for argument's sake you don't need a Maths GCSE to buy a house, learn to drive, cook, or to do certain jobs.

The things I've always wanted to do in life - author, recording and gigging musical artist and songwriter - don't require a degree. They require passion, talent, drive, work ethic - just like a great deal of professions in this world. My views on university have changed a lot as I've gotten older, and I do believe that unless you're going to study something that is outwardly leading to a certain career when you leave, university is not highly necessary. Sure, it's also good for learning life skills, independence, becoming your own person; I don't dispute that at all. But from a career perspective, if you want to be say a journalist, having experience writing for different newspapers and magazines is going to be a lot more impressive than spending 27K to study a degree.

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Maybe there is too much emphasis on the 'importance' of a degree and academic achievements. Yes, I did well in school. No, I don't really care that much. I mean I care from an egotistical perspective - it's nice to show off, to 'prove' you can get good grades, to 'prove' you're smart enough to apply to the University of Cambridge. If my goal in life was to become a lawyer, having a degree and a good academic background would be essential. But it isn't, so I guess I kind of wonder, why? Why did I decide to go to university - twice? Ok, the first time was all about escapism, and not knowing what else to do, and figuring that I could go and just focus on forming a band and then drop out. But I applied to ACM with high hopes, and sadly have been disappointed like many of my fellow students. I haven't written much about how much I've generally been unhappy at my second stab at uni; I guess I've tried to hope it will pick itself up and at this point I've given up hope.
So why don't I just leave?

No. Depends what you're doing.
Well, my course finishes in a few months, and more importantly I need the student loan, and there's that nice element of having a routine even if I'm only in twice a week. There's my answer. At this point I've lost interest in the course and the degree and the dissertation - it all seems abstract and removed from me. The things dear to my heart - my music blog, this blog, my songs, the amazing gig I did last night (at the time of writing this post) my fiction I'm working on - that's all stuff that I did. They're my achievements, not the achievements via some exam board. They mean a lot to me. I don't even care what grade I get - well, again for egotistical purposes I don't want to fail, but I'll be fine with a 2:2.

So to sum up, the point of this post is not to knock academic study and say that school is entirely useless. All I'm saying is I think people should know they are alternative options and that we don't all belong down the same path. We're not all suited to the same thing or the same rhythm of study, no matter how much the government want to make us seem all 'equal.' (When I say 'equal' I'm of course talking about intellect, talent and abilities, not gender or race or class). Maybe school just isn't for everyone. But what are the alternatives in the meantime? 

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