Wednesday, December 23, 2009

University a Reality???

So I have some very good yet confusing (well to me anyway) news today.
I was given an early round offer for a very good university to do a combined double degree, Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Law.
This is absolutely amazing because I never thought I'd make it into university considering how my schooling years ended. And I never expected to get into this course let alone receive an early round offer, especially considering the required ATAR is 95.9, and I don't even have an ATAR.
For all you confused non Australian readers out there i'll do a quick explanation of New South Whales (my states) education system.
After finishing primary school K-6 you start high school yrs 7-8 are considered juniour years.
Years 9-10 are your School Certificate years, wich is the minimum qualification needed to get into trade colleges and also the allowed drop out point. For people who choose to continue there's a further two years yr 11 and 12 wich are considered the HSC, Higher School Certificate years. I dropped out after my Preliminary HSC so never received a full HSC. Once you complete your HSC your given a ranking by UAC (University's Admission Centre) which used to be called the UAI (University Admissions Index) but was changed last year to a nation wide index called the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). This rank dictates what course you can be accepted into at University.
I went from an A grade honours student to a barely passing flunky within a year, due to some serious issues I had in my life at the time, so I never finished my schooling and never received a ranking, I basically thought University was a dream I'd never get any more. So I started a trade and began to apprentice in Patisserie Chefing.
Thankfully I found out about a test I could sit called the STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) that would be an ATAR equivelant offered by UAC. So I applied, and sat the two different required tests. I then applied for a multitude of university's, picking low level courses basically cause I thought its all I would be able to get into with a STAT as its not as good as an ATAR. Putting down Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Law for me was done on a whim, I honestly didn't expect to be accepted for any courses so thought I may as well aim high for the heck of it.
I finally got my STAT results back, there graded from 100 - 200 and your given a percentile of how many people you beat basically, I scored 194 beating an apparent 96.7 % of applicants, I was incredibly happy, and so I got my hopes up thinking I might get into a low level Bachelor of Arts or something similar. Never ever did I expect to receive this offer.

But the problem is I'm now unsure if I want to commit to five years of study, for what is a rather rigorous degree, being a double bachelor. Both sides are very demanding, and the international studies side requires me to study at a foreign University for a Semester, add on top all the Law topics I have to complete it's quite daunting. So I'm thinking of accepting the offer but deferring for a year. That way I can get another year of perspective, hopefully travel and gain some more wisdom in life. And if at the end of this year I still want to study that course, then I'll do it. I'm just so unsure, I don't want to do it for a year and find I don't like it, because that's a lot of money and time to waste.

So do you guys have any opinions or insights for what i should do... it would be greatly appreciated

Adam xoxo


Octavius December 23, 2009 at 8:16 PM  

Personally I say go for it bud. Though I can certainly understand you wanting to defer. I myself have a degree, though I never use it HA HA!

I believe that education is very important..., if you have this offer then go for it, I can see many prospects in your future if you succeed. Which I am sure you can.

Courage and Honour!


southern December 24, 2009 at 8:32 AM  

I personally think your decision to defer is a good one - it will at least give you a chance to get you head around it all and breathing space is always a good thing before you make such a big decision it is great news all the same that you have been given this opportunity. Have a great Xmas.
Regards Stef.

CoggyColin December 28, 2009 at 5:25 AM  

I think you should eccept the offer.. having a certificate will be with you in your whole life. you can gain wisdome in life by traveling in summer holidays. that way you can get both of things. believe me if you dont eccept the offer you will regret in the future.

Bubby January 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

I think it seems like an amazing opportunity. Wishing you the very best with whatever it is you decide.

FletcherBeaver February 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM  

Are you passionate about Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Law?

robert February 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

As a college teacher, I think to defer is always preferential in cases where the student lacks significant focus and self-motivation. You are wise to realize( as many do not) that education is expensive and should be treated as an INVESTMENT...One can "find" themselves without college. Either way, you seem like someone who has the street smarts to make good choices.

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