Welcome Back to my University series. If you haven’t read about my personal experience at university, and wish to do so, you can click this link >>>> here
Here’s where I get controversial. Please note, again these are my personal opinion, and I get that not everyone will agree with me, which is fine.
University is not the end-all-and-be-all.
High school basically told us that you either went to uni, went into a trade, or you were going to be working retail for your entire life. Like I said in my experience post, neither of my parents went to uni, but both of my parents are in jobs they really like. I thought, since I liked being academic, that uni was the right path for me.
It wasn’t until I got there that I realised it wasn’t necessarily the right one.
University is not for everybody. You do not need to go to uni to be successful, or to have a great career. Do not feel that even though you hate doing so, you need to go to university.
I grew up in a small town, where the options after high school were; university, trade, nursing, or retail and hospitality. Please know that I am in no way dissing any of these options, everyone is different, it’s just personally I have no interest in being a nurse. Anyway, I decided when I was about 17, that I wanted to be a tattoo artist. This was just as the tattoo industry boom was starting, so it wasn’t really known about how to get into it, so I was encouraged to still go to university.
I realised that the course I was doing probably wasn’t the best thing for me in my 1st year, but was still encouraged to continue. This was also the time that I started finding people online, that grew successful businesses, had amazing careers, and were still loving what they were doing, all without university.
I grew up thinking there was no way I could be a full time artist and still pay bills, so I never thought of it that way, and now that is ultimately my goal in life.
If university is not for you, then that is ok! Do not feel pressured into doing something that will make you unhappy!
If you do want to go university, this next part is more about certain courses that require specialist attention (I don’t think that necessarily sounds correct, but you’ll get what I mean in a minute).
If the course you want to do requires specialist attention, such as art-related courses, look at schools that focus on this kind of course. Personally, I think art courses, such as Deakin’s, that don’t require portfolios for acceptance, that only require your high school score, don’t really focus on the art as much as much as you may want if you are wishing to major in that area.
My sister started uni two years after me, she wanted to (and now does) study fashion design.Whilst she was going to open days, I went back to that smaller school I was originally accepted to, and realised how much better it would have been to go there, how much more focused on art they were. They focused more on creating, and allowed their students to work with their framework, but still build their artistic portfolios to something they wanted, whereas the course I did, was more focused on the framework in a strict way.
For studying art, I don’t think art school is even the only option. If you want to study art, then go out and study it! Go to Paris, go to Melbourne, local art galleries, online; there is so much opportunity to study art, without going to university. But again, this is just my opinion, I don’t think art schools are a bad option either, but I highly recommend them over university courses that don’t have an art focus (During open days, I went to one place, where the art studio entry was up a fire escape, and the room was a dark hole with no natural light, and didn’t even look like an art studio =/).
If you are still with me and haven’t just given up, thinking my opinions are crazy and I should just shut up, then thank you so much for reading.
If you are about to start university (Australian students will be starting soon) or even just starting the next part of your life, then I wish you all the best.
Part 3: University Tips, as well as video on my youtube channel focusing purely on the art school side of everything, will be published on Friday.