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An Oxford Morning

‘I was fifteen when I read an article in a newspaper headlined ‘Student Life: An Education For The Modern Stone Age’. It was full of the sort of shit you’d expect, but the message it sent was pretty clear: If you don’t know what to do with your life then go to University.

Remember when your parents told you that school was the best time of your life? Well when they said that, they meant University. They just can’t remember anything else before it.

Picture a place where the onus was on you to live. To push the boundaries. To drink more than you can remember and sleep with whoever is willing. It was unlike anywhere else in the world, a home where you built the memories you would reminisce on.

If you’re my age and like me then any moment from now your parents are going to suddenly corner you and ask a question you can’t possibly answer: “What do you want to do with your life?”

What do I want to do? Shit I don’t know. Does anyone know at my age?

What you need to remember is in that moment they don’t need details. They just want to hear that you’ve got a plan. Trust me, when that moment happens just tell them “I want to go to University”. They’ll probably be proud.’

Conor J. Martin

 

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