I wasn't particularly engaged at school, or at university for that matter. I think there are so many different ways that kids learn, it is incredibly difficult to cater to all of those with our education system.
In some classes I could do the work with ease, wasn't stretched at all, but others I just wasn't engaged. I wasn't interested as I, along with many I feel at the school age, do not know what they will get out of it.
I think that there are so many jobs out there, we need to educate kids of this from an early age. Careers guidance is pathetic and I still remember the computer "quiz" I was given to determine the types of jobs that I would enjoy, and one was fence post errector. Excellent. Get with the times!!
With university, it was utterly my doing for not being engaged. I made the decision to go to university, on a course that I was unsure I wanted to do. I do not regret the decision to go to university, I think that it is a key point in someone's life to go out and "learn life lessons" or learning to not live at home. This is something, I think has stood me well in life.
I know that people that did not go away for university, lived at home, or did not go and they are now still living at home, close to home and often, that's not where the opportunities and experiences are. I am not slating the choice to stay near where you grew up at all, but in terms of the chances in life, I think you're more likely to take those chances if you've been away for university.