Ante academia

2018-09-03 00:01:00 +0000, 2 months and 2 weeks ago

I leave for Southampton in about 18 days, I feel glad to be going but I’m not exactly overtly excited about it.

I can explain, the freedom of living on my own is something I’m looking forward to, and throwing myself into studies is something I really enjoy - it’s just I’ve got all my stuff packed and ready to go but the prospect of getting into uni felt more exciting than actually going. The whole time at college nobody said I would get in, and now I have - well, now what? The challenge of getting a 1st in my degree isn’t nearly as exciting because the personal incentive behind doing something people said I couldn’t just isn’t there. I find spite to be an incredibly motivating factor and now that people are rooting for me it all feels sort of backwards.

Southampton post all this crap on their site about how they’re the “top 1% uni in the country”, and that their EE course is “2nd in the UK behind Cambridge” which I’ve unashamedly toted a few times as bragging rights. I should be proud, right?

I don’t even know why I choose to do EE anyway, because I get praise for being the best at it? The moment someone mentions that I’m good at anything I push myself to excel to the point of elimnating any competition by a massive margin, kinda of exemplified in getting 98% UMS in Electronics and winning the best in A2 electronics award. Sometimes it’s like I just do things soley for praise or to belittle others. Maybe I have a fleeting interest in Electronics at best - how shameful is it that I’ve taken a place at this ‘presitigious’ uni when I don’t even give a shit about it, someone else who has a passion for it would’ve enjoyed this place immeasureably more.

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there's some rate-limiting going on with my comment provider atm, so i'd reccommend copying your message incase it gets blocked and retrying

that’s fair anon. there’s also a lot less on the line when it comes to college, and the downside is you sink yourself into some hard debt.

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a lot less on the line? apart from the 65k worth of debt if you fail of course h-haha… i get what you mean though, less on the line in terms of what do with your life, 4 years is hopefully enough to find some kind of direction