Sunday, 23 March 2014

At The Dividing Line Between The East Of My Youth And The West Of My Future

I am sure I'm not alone in having a monumental debate surrounding the question of "Is university the right choice for me?". Just when I thought I had decided what I wanted to study, I am faced with the decision of "Is university what I really want?". I always thought higher education would be good for me as I have no set career path to hurl myself down but I am increasingly aware of my desire to travel and explore the world, the light of which will begin to fade as the tunnel of postgraduate jobs sucks me in.

I recently stumbled upon the instagram profile of a former student at my school filled with magnificent images of her travels across South America including Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. As I continued to scroll down, my travel senses were burning with the desire to do the exact same thing. Considering I want to study languages (and possibly international development) I see no better way to enhance my prospects than visiting and immersing myself in the countries in which they are spoken as opposed to a four-walled classroom.

Suppressing my appetite for exploration when the time for ucas application came along, I told myself that I could get an education and then visit all these wonderful places during the holidays or after my studies. However, after screwing a realistic head on, I am almost certain that this is highly unlikely; I'll be dealing with the burden of financial woes during and outside of term time and then once I'm out in the big bad world I will most likely be trying to carve out some sort of 'career' and mercilessly trying to avoid falling into part-time work and spending my life at a fast food chain.

But maybe I'm just thinking way too much.


  1. Travelling the world is one of my main goals for when I finish high school.
    I'm from Argentina, and I want to tell you a little something: You can do university here for free.
    Maybe it blows your brains off knowing this or maybe you don't care, but you could come here, studying for free, while working and saving money up in order to keep on travelling!


  2. I just found your blog through Melu's and I'm loving it. I'm argentinean as well and while university is free here, there's also private (and paid) universities which would still be rather cheap for you (talking currency exchange wise) so you don't have to go crazy if what you want to do isn't available at public uni. I really hope you can travel once you are done with studying (:
    Mortem Blonde

  3. Well, I think argentinian girls reunited here! I get here through bian's blog and I have to tell you, I have the same doubts. I'm already studying at university but i'm still worried about the idea if what I'm doing (graphic design) is what I really like. I tought about going on a trip, but in my case, to europe, but things are so expensive for us right now that it's hard to really make it happen. I think that if you have the chance to travel you should do it. The experiencie will be probably great and I have a lots of friends that went to peru and bolivia and they came fascinated by the amazing places the known.


  4. Im from Argentina too, and now Im in France... As Bian said, university is free, La Matanza or the UBA are really good options. I liked your blog! I came from Bian´s blog.
    Kisses, Juli.

  5. amazing photos, i think it would be worth it! xx


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