So , I was towards the end of my 12th grade , when my friends and I started looking into some of the good universities and the various courses offered , and what we could opt for after finishing school .However, as I was 90% certain that I would take ACCA as my course , I didn't generally pay notice to a lot of this , as ACCA isn't a college based course . Its an expert course , where in the greater part of the exertion put in is by only you , and it includes a ton of self studying.
My friends did tell me that I am going to miss university life , but well , I wanted to do something different honestly, something out of the box ,and something challenging and stand apart , so I opted to take acca .
Besides , it would surely give me a very good educational base for pursuing my higher studies and also its one of the courses where in you command respect too . I , unlike my friends , didnt have only studies as a responsibility on my plate , I also had dance and music , which are my passion since birth ,I can't possibly imagine my life without them , and being trained in both the art forms for over all my life , I couldn't possibly imagine of leaving them just like that . Since I wanted to teach music , as well as continue learning dance , I thought that ACCA would be a perfect course , as I will have time for pursing my passion as well .
But I hadn't planned much , as our boards were nearing and we all had to concentrate on that as well . So after farewell , we all bid good bye to our friends , and teachers , and with all their best wishes , backpedaled home and started preparing for boards . I won't abide a lot into the boards encounter cuz well all of u may have without a doubt experienced that stage in your lives too .
So boards came and went like the blink of an eye . And well I had other preparations to do too , like help my mother to start winding up and pack stuff and clean the house as we planned to shift to Bahrain after my results came out . There were a lot of formalities to do , since it's not easy moving to another country , so I wasn't really active on social media since I really didn't have the time . Results also came , and my friends and I secured amazing marks . And then finally , the day I came to Bahrain arrived .
I came here , had a 3 month break , and my ACCA classes started . Even my friend's university started . After I finally got settled here , I started observing the changes in my non-uni life and their uni life . It's really different . I had classes every alternate days , or sometimes two days a week , for about 3 hours . While they had uni for like from morning to evening just like school . For the first few days , I used to check their facebook profiles , they posted so many pictures , with so many people , and so many things which i couldn't do. Cuz studying in an office environment is so stressful by itself , and you can't be seen clicking pics with all funny faces cuz it doesnt give u a good impression . That too in the initial days , it's important you get liked by people .
And you know these kinda ppl in our lives who just make you feel like crap sometimes? Well a portion of the general population in my school resembled that too , they made me feel pointless and furthermore got into my head so much so that I started questioning my decisions ! Anyways , back to what I was saying , there were many things I didn't have , like a class with more than 60 individuals , a huge canteen with a big group playing truth or dare , and lots more . Well , I did feel awful honestly . and to top all this , my purported friends back there , used to message me saying stuff like I feel sorry for u and that I shouldn't have moved from there , or things like I miss u , and in every one of their tones , there was this tint of discourteous mockery.
And let me tell you , I suck at comebacks , I don't know how to respond to such people , and well it's entirely my fault that I let people get into my head ! So , where were we ? Yeah ! Majority of the people think that university life is greater than non uni life . and that it's super easy to do self studying , and university is hard as you are given assignments and what not . but well , you wish !
It's not the case though . self studying isn't really easy , cuz you don't have anyone to push you and motivate you to do things . You have to self motivated and you need to push yourself . Whereas in university , you have fixed dates for exams as well as deadlines for submission of assignments too . So regardless of the possibility that you wind up doing it in the last moment , you complete it off .
When it comes to professional courses , number one , you don't have assignments , and secondly , you get to fix your own dates for exams as presently , most of the courses have online computer based exams . They leave it to your comfort to fix a date and give your exam . and also in courses like ACCA , one has a million chances to keep writing a paper to pass it , not just one attempt , so many people are not able to clear it in the first attempt , since they give you abundant chances , the exams are also equally tough to crack , and they're professional qualifications too . They are very different from uni courses .
Now , please don't misunderstand me , I ain't saying uni courses are very easy and a piece of cake , don't get me wrong , but all i am trying to say is that it's not reasonable to say that non- uni courses are not as tough as uni ones. Both are equally value for money as well as tough . Both have their pros and cons .
Uni students , make significantly more friends , as there are many people of the same age group and there are like loads in a class . So you end up making all the more friends , and relate to people easily . Whereas in non uni courses , there are about 20 people maximum , and since these courses are not age confined , there are usually youngsters as well as working professionals . The bad thing is , its boring (lol), the good thing is you get to blend with people who have much more experience than you .In the event that you settle on taking these courses in huge firms (on the off chance that they offer them ) then this adds significantly more preferred standpoint to you since you get the opportunity to learn and see how a MNC really functions .
All i am trying to bring to the light of people is that , both university courses as well as professional qualifications , are genuinely totally unique and unfair to compare . You can contrast apples and apples , however not apples with oranges . Cuz its upto you , its your CHOICE , you may like apples more than oranges , yet just cuz u like them more , that doesn't mean oranges are awful . That is basically unjustifiable.
To all the people who are in my shoes right now , all I want to say is , don't ever feel down or suspicious about your decision . In the event that you settle on something else from the rest , then it's totally fine . Simply confide in yourself and endeavor to accomplish where you wanna be .
And for those , who are going to make such decisions soon in their life , make sure you consider both the pros and cons . And be wise and make sure you don't let anyone get inside your head . Decisions like these , not only play a role in your professional life , but they also play a great deal in improving your emotional stability . So stay strong , and don't worry too much . Just take things as they come , one by one and go with the flow !