For the next four months, I will be completing my university degree. Then, from the end of May, for possibly the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'll be doing. I'm both excited and completely terrified.
On starting a fine art degree five years ago, my head of course gave an introductory speech. She told us about her experience of art college, twenty five years previously. About passionate tutors making work amongst students, in one big arty, experimental studio love in...
Twenty-three days ago, I completed a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing. Apologies to any medics out there who still have two months of library toil ahead - your time will come!
Is it ethical to let a young person go to university in the full knowledge that a degree will serve then with no hope of employment? Is it ethical to supply a student with skills and information that have no relevance to the world of work? Is it ethical let a young person to exchange their money and time for a degree that is materially worthless?
Last week, UCAS applications closed and school leavers began the nervous wait for replies from their preferred universities. In fact, many will have already received offers, with applications for Oxbridge and some specialist courses closing back in October.
It was the blog's lackadaisical attitude towards student wellbeing that got to me. The way it claims that higher education has "been shown" to benefit the 'health and well-being' of students, without providing a shred of evidence... But it's the misleading employment claims that show how far propagandists are prepared to go to sell university places.
Moving home after graduation is a scary time, not so much because you're delved into a horrible new lifestyle, but because you've had to say goodbye to such a fantastic one. It was always going to be hard to beat living at university with friends, without the divides of varying salaries, lifestyles and holiday allowances.
When you're choosing a university and a degree course, how do you decide between the myriad of courses available and ensure that you're giving yourself the best start when it comes to finding a job once you've graduated?
After a regular visit to the job centre where I had to convince the person sat behind the desk that I had been looking for work on a daily basis, it got me thinking about why I was still in this predicament.
Big increases in tuition fees have reportedly deterred many would-be students from applying for a university place. This is a tragedy at both a national and personal level because it takes a short-term view of the value of higher education.