Is Uni Life Worth It?

By Tiggy Crawford, Ben Tarplee, Jaden Whitting, Chloe Booth and Holly Retallack

University life is definitely worth it, according to Marjon students.

We conducted interviews with a number of students, lecturers and staff attending the university, to get a fair insight into whether uni life is worth it. We asked them about, their roles within the university, the courses that they studied, and if they struggled with any parts of their course, or university life in general.

To begin, we interviewed the Student Union president, Rhys Roberts, and asked him about his university experience. He went on to explain that he was dyslexic, and he worried with keeping up with the reading, writing, and essays “but with the help of the student support and lecturers” he managed to get through the 3 years with success.

Marjon SU President Rhys, and other undergraduate students, tell us that uni is worth the cost

Next we asked Faye Hatherley-Edwin, whose job role is based around the employability of students at the university. She helps students with improving their weaknesses, writing CV’s and conducting job interviews. We went on to ask her a number of questions, based around her job role, and the challenges she faces within her role.

A rapid increase in the number of students going to university in the UK has done little to reduce the difference between graduate earnings and non-graduate earnings, according to figures published on Tuesday by the Department for Education.

The data showed that the median university graduate earned £10,000 more than the average non-graduate in 2017, unchanged from the level recorded 10 years earlier.

There has been no change in the “graduate premium” despite the proportion of university graduates in the UK population increasing from 29 percent in 2007 to 40 percent in 2017.

We then went to interview current Marjon students, to ask them how they felt about university life.

One woman, was shy, scared and felt lost when she began studying at the university, but during her 4 years of studying she gained skills, confidence and independence. She also got a job at the end of her last year at university.

Another, of who is in their third year, went on to say that university takes you to new places, and she had lots of interest in lectures and learning. She only had to travel for around 15 minutes to get into the university.

Charlotte Bisson, a student ambassador at Marjon university, said that “It is definitely worth it, it’s a great experience, a lot of people these days have degrees, you have to do more to set yourself apart.”

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