Starting a new degree or commencing tertiary education for the first time can be incredibly daunting. Like I mentioned in a previous post after I completed year 12 I was initially going to study a Bachelor in Arts, but after my gap year, I decided that that option wasn't for me. So when I finally worked out what I wanted to study, I had been out of school for over 4 years. My initial thoughts were if only I had made my mind up earlier, I would have been fully qualified by now! Then I thought about how old I would be when I finally graduated, and all that time I will have lost, where I could be earning a steady income, going on regular holidays and possibly owning my first home. My final set back was the fees. My gosh, is it expensive to study, while I can, and I did apply for a HEC debt it is still A LOT of money to owe, and I wondered if it was even worth the hassle. Once I overcame my concerns and remembered that nothing gained is nothing ventured I decided to enrol in my bachelor. My rationale was that I can complete the first semester and if I decide it isn't for me, I can just quit, and I will then only have a small debt. I knew that based on my previous job experience I wouldn't have an issue getting another admin role if I so desperately desired it. While I was confident in my decision and extremely interested in the topic I was also apprehensive. What if I was making a huge mistake. My biggest concern was money, I had gone from having a regular wage to relying on student payments from the government. Once I started studying my concerns were abolished, while the content has been fascinating, it has also been very intense, and I had forgotten how much I thrive in an academic environment. Semester one flew by, and to my surprise, the lowest grade I got from the 5 subjects I studied was a credit. I'm now into my second semester, and while it is full on, I have been able to establish more of a routine, and I am not as focused on uni as much as I was in the first semester. I've developed the ability to balance my life a little bit better, while there are weekends where I need to focus on the "books" there are also other weekends where I can relax. I guess my point for this post is, if you are contemplating commencing study, I strongly encourage you to do so. If studying is really what you want and you feel you will benefit from learning something, go for it, everything else will work out in the end and if it doesn't well maybe it was never meant to be in the first place. I think the biggest set back when looking at a degree is the time it will take to complete it, but what people fail to forget is that time is going to elapse anyway. Would you rather spend the next 3 or 4 years working in a job that you don't enjoy and living for the weekends or do you want to submerge yourself in something that interests you and you enjoy?