Why uni wasn't for me

So a year ago exactly I decided to NOT go to uni. This was the scariest decision I have ever made, and I found it even more scary to tell people. And I am going to share with you why I decided this, and how it hasn't affected me. I remember feeling extremely stressed with school and my upcoming exams. I hadn't done well with my AS exams, although I passed I was way off my predictors and it really knocked my confidence. I was also dealing with a hell of a lot in my personal life, and just didn't see myself getting through my A levels with good enough grades to get into the uni I wanted to.

Also, I was thinking did I really want another 3 or even 4 years of this?! This stress and worry that is driving my insane. And then I started reading. Reading about uni, reading statistics of peoples careers after leaving uni. Then I looked around me. Non of my close friends were going to uni, and I had an excellect boyfriend, and lots of family around me. I had the support system I needed, why shake the boat?

So I started looking into apprenticeships. Did you know that there are more than 200 types of apprenticeships with 1,200 job roles? Most of these are jobs that you are applying to uni to do.

Don't get me wrong I am not against uni at all. I think it is fantastic and gives people the freedom they need to grow and all that. But I do think there are other options out there for people, and I think there are ways of getting the same job by having solid experience and a good work ethic rather than just a degree. I am currently looking into doing a degree, but part time, similar to my apprenticeship so it won't intefere with my job. I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do a year ago, but now I feel like I know a bit more after working and getting experience. I really do recommend doing this if you are undecided.

One thing I do think that needs to change is the crippling pressure on young people to get a degree and go to uni. I think colleges should explain the other options and relieve some pressure. Are exams not enough?