Thinking of becoming a mature student at Warwick University? Think again…
…and again and again and again!
Descartes was the “I think, therefore I am” chappy. He was also a notable polymath (can’t relate) and had a wide knowledge and expertise of so many subjects. He must have been either absolutely fascinating, or utterly boring, to listen to! But, he is also known for stating that a theory must be proven in four ways, called the Cartesian coordinates. These have been adapted to the 4 Cartesian questions, to help people gain clarity and to think deeper and differently about any situation.
So, if you are thinking about becoming a mature student and can’t quite decide, perhaps it might be worth pondering upon the four cartesian questions (hence the previous think again and again and again and again comment). I’ll demonstrate with my personal situation and what prompted me to join Warwick in my forties:
1. What WOULD happen if I DO make the decision to come to university?
I would gain experience and skills to get the career that I want, do something just for me, meet new people and have new experiences, increase my sense of self-worth, confidence and prove to myself I am capable, instead of feeling trapped and bored.
2. What WOULD happen if I DO NOT make the decision to come to university?
I would feel frustrated and bored in my job and probably spend an unhealthy amount of my time on futile job search websites, realising most of the jobs that look interesting to me require applicants to have at least an undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply. This frustration would also probably negatively affect other areas of my life, too.
3. What WOULD NOT happen if I DO make the decision to go to uni?
My family would not fall apart without me in the workplace. I would not feel confined to doing the same job for the rest of my life, as the experience would open up new possibilities for me to explore.
4. What WOULD NOT happen if I DO NOT make the decision to enrol at university?
I would not achieve my goals, as I would still be unable to apply for all the jobs that interest me. I would not have the opportunity to embark on a transformative experience, learn more about myself and the world, broaden my horizons and learn transferable skills to help me in my future goals. I would not have the self-confidence to take risks in my life, so I’d probably be stuck in a job just to pay my bills and my quality of life would deteriorate, along with my self-confidence.
The questions can be summarised in the following table:
Give yourself plenty of time and space to think, for you, uninterrupted by the opinions of other well-meaning folk. Ultimately, this is YOUR life and YOUR future. What do YOU want to do with it?
Onwards and funwards xXx