Hi guys! A question that I have been asked so many times by so many people is why did I take a year at college and not straight to university? This is a question that I hope to answer today!

Going to university straight after school was always what I wanted to do, and it was what I was always determined to do from a young age. I think there is so much focus on the pressure that kids may feel from their parents to go to uni, and many people may be thinking that my mum and dad 'pushed' me into the idea of further education, but that couldn't have been farther from the truth. Both of my parents have always supported me in whatever decision I have decided to make, whether that be something as big as going to uni straight away or something as small as what I want to have for my dinner. I was never pushed into any decision by anyone other than myself. 

You see, I knew I could probably get into university, and I knew I'd love it. I've always known education was for me, I've always been one of those people who flourished in educational settings and it was always how I imagined my life. I always imagined graduating as soon as I could. I had my heart set on applying for university in my last year of school - I wanted to go to Stirling or Edinburgh, but I had no clue what I wanted to do. I didn't know what really interested me - apart from French - and I hated the idea of becoming a teacher or a translator. In school, I was always encouraged with French. I feel like the UK as a whole don't learn nearly enough languages - in fact, I wrote a higher English essay about how discouraging I found it - and this fact alone encouraged me to do it. But I knew this wasn't what I wanted to do seriously, I didn't even want a career using French!

The UCAS deadline date was approaching fast and I was starting to panic. I had thought even more about becoming a French teacher, I had thought about becoming a TEFL teacher and neither of those interested me. I always had a passion for business and I regarded myself as entrepreneurial, when it suddenly clicked - I wanted to do marketing! However, our school only offered higher business and by then it was too late to do that. 
I was so disheartened. I refused to apply for a course I didn't know I would definitely like and I hadn't thought of my other options, when my guidance teacher suggested college to me. I went home, researched where I could do marketing at college and seen that the closest college that done marketing was a mere 20 minute walk away from me. And so I applied for college, and it was such a good decision. I've now finished my first year of college and I'm at a university close to where I live studying marketing and loving it. I have a slight advantage over my classmates - I know I love this subject, this is what I want to do with my life, and I'm actually excited about one day, having a job at a marketing firm. I haven't forgotten about my love for French either - I'm not able to do this as one of my main subjects, but I am still continuing with French outside uni. I was able to do French as one of my electives, but due to timetable clashes I couldn't do this.

I think this proves that sometimes taking a year out is helpful! Ashleigh♡xoxo