Is anyone off to University this year?

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  1. _toommm_

    _toommm_ Established Member

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    It's the time of the year when students bite their nails as they wake up to news of an offer from their uni of choice, or a polite 'no'.

    Is anyone on here off to uni in September, and if so, what are you doing? I'm off to Leeds Beckett to study Performing Arts (don't judge my future career prospects ;) )
     
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  3. thejuggler

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    I look forward to seeing you every Saturday night in your fancy dress doing the Otley run.
     
  4. _toommm_

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    Apologies in advance!
     
  5. YorkshireBear

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    Leeds is a great city I went to Leeds uni and now live in city centre, brother is at Leeds beckett now.
     
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    I finished my university with a proper degree in a proper subject about 200 years ago!

    It wasnt a great degree result as I spent most of my time in the pub trying to persuade (and usually failing) attractive women to sleep with me. That and eating take away curries
     
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    I'm starting my Masters at UWE Bristol in Transport Planning. I'm doing it part time so that I can still work full time. Crazy I know!
     
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    I did 7 years part time education whilst working - eons ago!.
     
  9. Jozhua

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    I'm going into my second year this September!

    As much as its doing me well for my rail miles entry, hopefully be doing less back and forth come September!
     
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    Where was that and which subject?
     
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    Quite a few people have done similar! Was certainly a very well trodden path with graduates at TfL, albeit at universities in London!
     
  12. cactustwirly

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    You'll have a blast mate!
    Just about to start my 3rd year of university.
     
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    How's it going?

    Only thing I'm worried about is my lack of RailMiles for the rest of the year ;)
     
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    Really good, the work is a bit stressful, but the memories you make, the people you meet and the experience of living away from home is just amazing!
    I've only been at home for 3 months this year, for Christmas, Easter and a few weeks in June, I'm now working in Italy, obviously away from home, living at home just isn't the same anymore
     
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    Going into 4th year , Building Surveying
     
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    About to start my 29th year as a university lecturer. And youngest daughter about to start her 2nd year.
     
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    Just going back and forth this summer I've racked up about 1000 or so extra miles, wouldn't worry too much ;)
     
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    Congratulations! I'm starting my 17th year, and as i came to it late, only 8-10 years left to go. Sigh
     
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    I've got just over 4,000 in August, and normally get around 3,000 every month so mine will take a hit of a hit...
     
  20. cactustwirly

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    Your railmiles is the least of your worries tbh mate.
     
  21. _toommm_

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    I know, it was all satirical :D
     
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    Exactly - when I started at uni I joined the railway society there, but hardly went to any of the meetings as I just got involved in other activities and interests instead. Outside of the academic work, the possibility of trying out/taking part in activities that you might never have considered before is one of the really good things about being there.

    _toommm_ - you're about to embark on what will (hopefully) be a life-changing few years - just embrace it and enjoy it!

    When it's 3 am, the coffee's gone cold, and you're revising or trying to finish that course work it's not much fun, but you won't be thinking about that when you're walking up to the stage to collect your degree at the graduation ceremony in few years time...
     
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    Christ, it's 41 years since I started uni (Newcastle) so not as old as @DarloRich
     
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    Not off to university as such, but starting the Open University part time next month. Nervous to be honest!
     
  25. DarloRich

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    not quite that old ;)

    I went to the University of Northumbria as they offered the best course in the country for my professional qualifications.
     
  26. PeterC

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    I took a part time degree 30 years ago. It is a killer combined with earning a living but worth the effort.
     
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    Some friendly advice from a bloke in his mid 50s.

    If you're feeling homesick don't lock yourself in your room! Use Freshers Week to see what clubs / societies exist as this will help you make friends.

    If you're still missing home seek help from your university and register with a local GP. Remember home is only a phone call away.

    Agree a budget with your parents (who know you better than anyone else) and stick to it. The best thing in my experience is to withdraw money on a weekly basis and be disciplined enough to not revisit the ATM.

    Have fun but remember that anything less than a 2.1 and you will struggle to find employment once you've completed your degree.

    This advice worked well for our two sons. One is a newly qualified Junior Doctor and the other has just qualified as a Vet.

    Good luck.
     
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    I'm going to spend the next 2 weekends moving boxes full of student stuff across the country. Does that count ? :(
     
  29. EveningStar

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    Sort of likewise ... got professional qualifications in practice before becoming a lecturer. Still got a few years to go. Downside: Target driven culture, higher education culture of bullying, ever changing governmental will 'o the wisps and the need to bitch slap anybody who thinks that lecturer's get the 'holiday's. Plus points: Really enthusiastic about my subject and really want to communicate that to students, enthusiastic students, some great colleagues and my research area (railway buildings) is being paid to enjoy my hobby. Yeah, I will survive ...
     
  30. DarloRich

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    Rubbish. I got a 2:2 and am onto my second career the first of which required a professional qualification and a training period. No one cared about the degree and looked at the practical experience I had from placements and non qualified posts in that profession.

    I have never, ever, looked at anyone's degree level in selecting CV's and certainly wouldn't reject a candidate because they didn't have a 2:1 or above!

    I agree with the rest of your advice btw!
     
  31. PeterC

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    Good advice there. Joining organised groups is always a good way to meet people in a new environment.
    The main thing is that if you are struggling either with loneliness or with the work then talk to somebody.

    The value of your degree will vary depending on what field you want to go into. For some fields simply having a degree will be sufficient while in another even a masters may not be enough.
     

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