So you’re in your last year of High school wondering should I go to college? Perhaps you’re thinking sixth form is the best place for you? Hopefully this post will help you make a decision as both of us explain how college and sixth form lifestyles really are. Of course this cannot be a pinpoint portrayal of sixth form or college but it may provide you an insight and broaden your knowledge.
Sofeena went straight on to college after year 11 to study hairdressing whilst I on the other hand first had a failed experience of sixth form. No doubt the level of difficulty from GCSE to A level is a big gap many of you will fail to jump. My original A levels included Physics, Maths, French and Design and technology. I studied design and technology as a link course in another sixth form. I will firmly reiterate it again and again to never do a link course. The amount of pressure forced upon you to complete work at home with no guidance is insurmountable. However the second sixth form I attended was also a place that did not meet my requirements which just sunk me into a deeper hole regarding my work ethic.
DO NOT DO A LINK COURSE
Sixth form I found consisted of a strict regime. It was necessary to complete large amounts of homework along with multiple tests which strictly disagreed with my independent lifestyle. The only people I found to be successful and productive in sixth form are people who were very work orientated possibly from being brought up from a family with a more profound academic background or career. Free lessons were not free lessons but ‘supervised lessons’ completely overthrowing the point of a free lesson. I felt I was pressured into doing school work at every moment which in fact became a hindrance prohibiting me the time to accomplish other activities such as playing the piano and attending the local gym. I do not perform well under stress or pressure on top of overflows of homework and revision. Needless to say ‘I got an A grade’ was no longer part of my vocabulary or a B grade for that matter. However I managed to pass all my A levels except physics that year but might I add with disappointing grades.
That following September I joined college, and what a different place it was. Free lessons became free lessons, the amount of homework given was manageable and my subject choices were even enjoyable for the most part. What will strike you in college is the different types of people, range of ethnicity, wacky hairstyles, Athletes, BTEC students etc. Everybody is recognizable after a year you seem to automatically guess what kind of group a person belongs to. Let me give you some examples:
- The BTEC hair and beauty girl: most likely to be wearing a uniform, a thick face of makeup and hair tied back up. This type of girl will look down at anybody with uneven or bushy eyebrows and strongly disagrees with nails that are not manicured. This species tends not to associate themselves with the hairdressing group. They can always be seen walking in a group of four or more. They are regarded as students on the easiest course in college. (If you’re reading this and you’re a BTEC hair and beauty don’t worry I commend you, please file my nails…)
- Hairdressing student – most likely to be wearing a uniform and complaining about bleach they just accidentally spilled on their hands. They also do not associate themselves with the hair and beauty course students and regard themselves cleverer for undertaking a harder course in comparison to hair and beauty. One can smell this student from the other side of the corridor due to the amount of hairspray in their hair.
- BTEC sport student – triple striped Adidas sweatpants, Huaraches, permed hair, and a large duffel bag. Probably regarded as the most popular students of the college however most lack common sense…. perhaps even a brain. Continue to attract almost every girl and are attracted to almost every drug.
- Asian student – Always found in a library arguing over some small matter. Usually the loudest people found in college but also the most friendly and polite. Consume a lot more food than the average person throughout the day and insist on stealing bits of food off your plate. Usually the shortest group of people of people found in a college.
- Construction student – usually found outside smoking. rarely seen but often in a similar group of friends to BTEC sports students. Often seen flexing their arms in the canteen.
- Stoners – Smoke weed, eat weed, wear weed, Be weed. Commonly found strumming a guitar they have no idea how to play.
- Musicians – Music is life. Always found as a group performing music or talking about music. Commonly carrying guitars.
- Fashion gurus – Dressed up. Wearing clothes way to expensive and flashy to be worn to college. Only wear MAC makeup. Could be nice people if they didn’t try to act like a celebrity
- Culinary students – Not much to say. Usually seen walking around college in this outfit
Please don’t hate me for being judgmental I am just providing an idea of the types of people one can find at college. Obviously not everyone will fit these categories but I assure you there will be someone that you know that relates to that stereotypical character. I’ve probably missed a few stereotypes out….
To conclude everything: If you are an independent person who likes to construct their own timetable, working methods and wants time to themselves I’d highly recommend college. If you are someone that is not so independent and needs structure to their week and feels they can handle a high work load choose sixth form.
Do not treat college as somewhere where dumber students go as I assure you some of the smartest people I have met are at college. I am still going to achieve 3 A levels at college this year just like I would in sixth form. For both of us College was the better choice out of the two
‘FOR BOTH OF US COLLEGE WAS THE BETTER CHOICE OUT OF THE TWO’