The decision to pursue undergraduate studies in the UK is not always easy. Especially if it’s your first time leaving your home country for an extended period, and on top of that, you’re doing it alone. Many people try to persuade their friends to take a similar step. After all, it’s always more fun in a group! It’s worse if you base your own decision to start study in the United Kingdom on whether someone from your friends also decides to do it. You must realize that you are the one responsible for your choices, especially when they have such a significant impact on your life. And yet, to some extent, your future professional career depends on the choice of university. Therefore, instead of looking at the decisions of your friends, choose what is best for you. And believe us when we say that going alone to study at a university in the UK is the best thing that can happen to you.
Learning the English language.
If you go to study in England with friends from Poland, you will likely spend a lot of time with them. Since it will be easiest to communicate in Polish with your friends, you might end up using English much less frequently. Moreover, if your friend speaks English better than you, you might frequently ask them to help you in many situations and speak on your behalf. Not to mention writing papers in English on your behalf!
Unfortunately, in this way, you will never learn to communicate fluently in English. One of the primary benefits of studying in the UK is the opportunity to be among people who use English on a daily basis.
If you’re afraid to speak English and choose to go to England with friends, you might never overcome that barrier. What about when you’re in the UK alone? Then you will simply be forced to communicate in English, and over time, it will become completely natural for you.
You’ve probably heard about people who went to England for several years but never learned the language. This often resulted from them solely staying within their group of friends, so they didn’t need to make an effort to speak English.
If after several years of study in the United Kingdom, your English is only slightly better than when you first arrived, it would mean that you have wasted a fantastic opportunity to learn the language.
You will meet new friends
If you are studying with friends from Poland, you will probably spend every free moment with them. On the other hand, being in the United Kingdom alone, it will be easier for you to establish new contacts, make acquaintances, and even meet love. Remember that you can also establish professional contacts that, after a few years, may open the way to a brilliant career for you.
You’ll grow up eventually!
Have you always dreamed of feeling like an adult? If you go to study in the United Kingdom alone, you will definitely have the opportunity to do so. If you encounter any difficulties, you will have to deal with them on your own. This way you will learn independence, which is one of the most crucial skills sought after by employers.
You will find yourself
It is said that each of us is the result of the five people closest to us. Indeed, sometimes we spend so much time with our friends that it becomes challenging to determine what we genuinely enjoy doing and what we do simply because our close ones and acquaintances want us to do it. Being alone, you will eventually have the opportunity to get to know yourself better. You will have time for your own passions and discover what you truly want to do in life.
Initially, the prospect of a solitary journey to study in the United Kingdom may be a bit daunting. Indeed, think about the benefits associated with it. Moreover, you ensure better prospects on your professional career path. It’s not worth giving up on it due to fear. Also, remember that you are not alone in this situation. Every year, tens of thousands of young students from all over the world come to the UK, and they also have similar concerns.
Instead of giving up on your dreams just because your friends have different plans, embrace the challenge. Moreover, the decision to study in the UK is not final. If after a few months, you find that it’s not the right place for you, you can always return to Poland. Moreover, you can always consider enrolling in a Foundation Year or Year Zero, which is a preparatory course for university studies. Besides, it’s better to try and regret than to regret not trying!