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What are the advantages of not going to university?


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Going to university is generally considered as being something that is very beneficial. It is said that having a degree will give you many more opportunities and will enable you to get a well-paid job. What is not often discussed though, is the downside of going to university. Most people believe that it only affects people in a positive way, but could there also be a negative side as well?


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question.

Affect (Verb) = to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause them to change OR to cause a strong emotion, especially sadness.
Example: “We were concerned about how changing schools would affect the children”.

As a result of (something) (Phrase) = because of.
Example: “As a result of the bad weather the football match has been cancelled”.

Beneficial (Adjective) = Used to describe something that is good or helpful.
Example: “It's very beneficial to exercise every day”.

Benefit (someone/something) (Verb) = to be helped by something or to help someone.
Example: “The yoga classes are really benefitting me”.

Decision (Noun) = a choice that you make about something after thinking about several possibilities.
Example: “Choosing what to study at university is a very important decision”.

Definitely (Adverb) = without any doubt.
Example: “This is definitely the best burger I've ever eaten!”.

Importance (Noun) = how important someone or something is.
Example: “People often underestimated the importance of a healthy balanced diet”.

likely / unlikely (Adjective) = when someone will probably happen (likely) or probably not happen (unlikely).
Example: “It's unlikely to rain again today”.

Take into account (Phrase) = to consider something when judging a situation.
Example: “We need to take into account the negative aspects before making a decision”.

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What are the advantages of not going to university?

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  • Do you know anyone who didn't go to university?
  • What careers do you think don't really benefit from university?
  • Have you personally experienced any disadvantages as a result of going to university?

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