(Original post by AlexandraS)
This is just a general reply, nobody should take it personally.Consider it as a word of advice from a mature geographer.
As someone else said before me, your lack of focus on your chosen subject could cost you your very own place at uni. The truth is, many of you have no idea what to chose, which shows lack of passion for any subject. It's depressing to be very passionate about your subject and then go to uni believing everyone else is but discovering they are there because they did not know what to chose/they thought it is the easiest option. And on top of that, you get to hear them wining about how they hate their assignments bla bla. I keep asking myself : "if you lot think uni is a joke and you hate it so much, why the hell have you applied?"
If you think geography is easy, think again. University geography is different, demanding and you will work your ass off for a good 2.1, not to mention a first or distinction.
While I support the idea that everybody is entitled to education, I reject this kind of "i must have a degree" trend. If you feel you are not up for it or you have no passion for it, stay home because it's not worth wasting your parent's hard earned money just to get pissed with your mates every weekend and pretending you are doing a degree.
Another important point to consider is this: 1st year counts! not officially, but it counts in terms of preparing you for what is still to come. This is the year when you are allowed to do mistakes but not to indulge in them, rather try to correct them asap and learn from the precious feedback.
WARNING: I know you cannot wait to get rid of your parents, etc and dwell in nigh-clubs but beware, this kind of lifestyle will haunt you further and will define who you will become. You will soon be undertaken by students who chose to spend their time in the library instead of the pub. University time is crucial, do not waste it on entertainment, you have plenty time for that after you build up a solid career and have solid earnings!
REMEMBER: Mediocrity is everywhere, Excellence is rare! Be positive, believe in yourself and work hard, that is all you need to get there!
Much love from Uni of Manchester,