Thousands of young adults are reaching the stage of choosing what they wish to do after finishing their A- levels. I and many others have to make the probably most difficult and life changing decision - what course to study at university, whether to take a gap year or whether go straight into work?

The decision we make now, will most probably decide what future hold for us. With now over 30,000 courses to choose from young adults have to ensure the course they choose is the one in which they are most interested and to which they are most likely to be dedicated; not just simply because it’s what their friends are studying or because it’s an easier course.

I’m sure you have heard people say that University years are not only “the most enjoyable and unforgettable years of your lives” but many people, including my sister also say that these years are also some of the hardest and most challenging years. The experience of university should enable us to understand ourselves better and show others that we can be independent, whether this is through organising our time, meeting deadlines without the usual reminders from our teachers, or even showing people that we can cook and clean for ourselves.

But it’s not so easy to say we would all like to go to university as the competition is getting harder each year, with the entry requirements rising to ensure university’s take on only the most academic and talented students. According to my Head of Year, for every student that is accepted into certain top universities, 40 are rejected. This is a significant amount of people, which have to wait another year to hopefully be accepted. Not only does this ruin many people’s hopes and dreams, it also adds to youth unemployment. Therefore I personally believe that the government raising the university fees, and university’s raising their entry requirements, has backfired. Many young adults may now not choose to apply for university due to the cost. It is estimated that the number of UK-born students who will apply to start university next year will fall by 15%, according to official figures from the University Admissions Service (UCAS) Also with the university fees nearly tripling to an astonishing £9,000 maximum per year, many people have been put off by the thought of ever going to university. I personally was one of these people, but since I have listened to advice of teachers and family about how going to university and having this degree is important , I have realised that I am definitely aiming to go to university even if this means being in debt for a few years. It will hopefully all be worthwhile when I eventually get a job with a higher salary than I would without a degree. But you have to ensure the course you choose is the one for you! This is why I am planning on taking a gap year, to do further research into what course I would like to choose. As well as to build up my UCAS personal statement through work experience and voluntary work, as I do not wish to rush such an important and life-defining decision.