If I had gone to University…


WordPress topic – Go back in time to an event you think could have played out differently for you. Let alternate history have its moment: tell us what could, would or should have happened?

Earlier this year I worked at a University in a role similar to a research assistant. The job wasn’t all that challenging however my eyes were opened to how my life could have been if I had gone to University following my school days. I had regular contact with the academic staff and enjoyed talking to them about their work and experiences. I realised that I could only engage in the conversation to a limited degree.

For the first time in my life I started to think about how my life could have turned out if I had a university education. I have had some good jobs and I have been able to diversify quite a bit. My resume has many different positions and outlines the skills I gained. I am what you might call a “generalist”. I started to think, “Wouldn’t it be great to have an in-depth knowledge about a particular subject or industry – to be able to speak with authority and people would take notice of what I said?”

You see, I don’t really think the people I met at the Uni were necessarily more intelligent than me; they just had different opportunities than I had. I don’t doubt that some of them WERE brighter than me, but that is not my point. It isn’t about ego – it was more about achieving my potential. It didn’t take me long to get over it. After all, I can study now if I want to. In fact I am half way through a course at the same Uni. I deferred my study because some work opportunities arose. I may go back to it in 2013 🙂 or I may choose not to. Isn’t choice great?





2 thoughts on “If I had gone to University…

  1. Lorraine,

    First, thanks very much for taking the time to read my work.

    I was struck by this post. Each of us sometimes wonders what life would have been like if we had done X or Y back then. To imagine this in a kind of playful way, spinning off other possible narratives, is fine- and can be fun.

    But I found that this kind of imagining led me often to feelings of doubt about my choices and to self-judgment. That’s a very unhelpful and pointless way of thinking.

    Your post projects to me mostly the first kind of imagining but maybe a little of the latter. Not sure. But if it’s any of the latter, just recall all the amazing things you’ve done in the life you lived and what you mean now to the people close to you. No regrets. Ever.

    I’m very happy we connected.


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