Making the Decision to Study
Making the decision to study at university can be daunting. There are many factors to take into account.
Making the decision
Should I study full-time or part-time? What university or higher education institution do I want to go to? What is the best course for me? What financial, emotional and educational support will I need, and how do I find it? What do I want to get out of studying? Where do I see myself after graduating?
Perhaps the first step towards making the decision is to think about whether you have the commitment and tenacity to complete a degree. There are many Indigenous people who didn't get beyond high school or primary school. Perhaps the marks they received were not high enough or they were led to believe that 'study is not for them'.
You will read examples in some of the inspirational stories on this site of students who thought of themselves as 'dumb', 'not clever enough', or who felt that they didn't have a chance at higher education because their first language was not English. And yet, these students successfully completed their degrees and found a gateway to a wider range of employment and life opportunities, just as you can.
Undertaking further study can be an exciting and challenging adventure. But before you begin it's important to think about both the objective reasons for undertaking university study and your own personal circumstances, in order to decide whether undergraduate study will be right for you. You might decide to go ahead or it might be better to wait until your circumstances have changed. If you decide your circumstances aren't right to enrol at university, it doesn't mean you can't ever go to university, rather, it's about choosing the right time that suits you and maximises your chances of success.
Professor Steve Larkin