Best Practice

Are they prepared for uni?

Higher education
Much is said about a school’s role in preparing students for the trials of university life. We asked first year university student Jess Elliott to consider how well prepared she was by her school experience.

Nearing the end of my first year at university has led to a lot of thinking. Starting university has been the biggest challenge of my life to date, and I would like to believe that I was adequately prepared by the schools and colleges that I passed through. 

My (slightly procrastinatory) considerations have yielded a few negative results – areas where I have not felt prepared at all – but also some positive ways in which I feel my school experience has stood me in good stead at university.

Starting with the negative, in my experience so far, there are two main categories that comprise “university life” – academic studies and personal care and development. Well, and socialising. But regrettably, teachers can’t really prepare you for that, however great they might be.

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