I received my exam results the other day. I’m now an officially qualified Software Engineer with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Strathclyde University. I received a Second Class Honours degree, upper division (which translates as a 2:1).
It all sounds very official. And it is I suppose. After all it’s been 5 years in the making. I’ve really enjoyed going to Uni and have matured a lot because of it. I really enjoyed my course which makes all the difference. I think in the end, especially after working for a placement year, I was more than ready to get on and do work rather than learn much more (which is reflected in my “practical” marks being higher than my “theoretical” marks). But overall it was a great experience and challenge and I’m glad I did it.
I suppose some of you might be reading this and asking the question “but is it worth it?”. In my opinion there are two things you should consider:
1. There are a lot of people in University that should not be there, for many reasons. Don’t go to Uni just because you have nothing else to do (or just because school tells you to). 2. Uni is definitely worth it if you choose a subject you love. You’ll meet new friends, learn loads and in the end you’ll, hopefully, walk away with a qualification that no-one can take away from you.
So in my opinion Uni is worth it, but only if you do a course you love.