In recent months I have both graduated from university and turned the ripe old age of 23. By juggling a retail job, freelance work and the occasional unpaid personal project, I scramble through most of my days searching for the sweet relief of feeling "Wow...I really have my shit together!", before I pat myself on the back and give a double thumbs up to an invisible camera. But that feeling never seems to come.
So what's the solution? How can we compete with the US? For me, it's simple enough: UK universities have to put IP education at the top of their enterprise agenda. One way to do this potentially, is to establish a network of IP advice/information centres at each university delivering a nationwide service with uniform standards across the UK.
The HMC's unfounded attack on Freshers' fun demonstrated that the booze-bashing brigade is slowly gaining momentum. Ultimately, it needs to shaken, stirred and shoved out of our lives. And, after all the online polls in the world are carried out, there's only way to do this: Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps, please.
Campus life is typically associated with many attributes, but kindness is not usually one of them. We tend to imagine universities reeking of academic rigour, intensive study, looming deadlines and value-brand baked beans; the warm fragrance of kindness is rarely associated with these ivory towers of learning.
All things considered, I am no longer sure I want to stay. The only consideration keeping me here is last year's £18,000 university fee - it would really be a waste not to graduate. I can only hope that as Britons are confronted by a longer non-EU queue at Charles de-Gaulle's airport and the need to apply for a visa for a weekend break in Stockholm, these attitudes will change.
Either way, I feel that if you have the entrepreneurial ability and drive you will be able to achieve your aims. I do also believe that when confronted with this trade off it is always better to have gone to university and have gained that experience and built a business on strong foundations as opposed to not giving university a chance if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to go.