Today when I dropped my brother off at uni his flatmate said she has a friend who goes to a metropolitan uni and they finished on Dec 6th and they don’t go back till Feb 12th. And I said that’s because met uni’s aren’t real uni’s. That sounds kind of harsh I guess and in hindsight, it was a bit generalised. But how can you compare something like that to, for instance, my course where each term is usually 11 weeks, we don’t get reading weeks and we get 3 weeks for Christmas, not 9?!
What I don’t think is taken into consideration when people say they are students is: where they study and what they study. I went to the opticians at the weekend and was asked my full-time occupation, to which I said “Student.” and he gave me a look as if to say “hmm” as though it isn’t a real full-time occupation. I think the typical view of a student is that they sleep all day, do the minimum level of work to get by and are there for the experience not the education. And if that’s how you want to spend your degree then crack on. I just know that there are some students I know who only have to go in two days a week, and there are pharmacy students at my university that are in 9-5 everyday (and may I take this opportunity to offer you all a well deserved pat on the back).
I guess what I’m trying to say is that saying you have a degree is all well and good, but where you got your degree from and what your degree is in is what really matters.
What do you think?