I totally agree with this, I have tried so hard to get into university, i went to the 30th worst school in the country, and had to go for a extra 2 years of education and work quite a few years (hease the my age) to get where i am. yet they didn't even have to try to be there! i just like to get on with things and spend my time with my husband, yet it seems so hard to make friends inside the university because they seem so immature to me.(Original post by TDFK)
>Well, you're 23 so a lot are younger than you. Middle class kids are some of the mose immature I have ever met and a pack of whingers (over absolutely nothing). I'd know, I grew up amongst them, and am one. But hey, you get good and bad, the class system is still imprinted on this generation's subconscious as much as older generations. Depite their denial of it.
Many have a very ignorant view about what a degree will do for them and how to make a career afterwards. Honestly, their time will come.
Just thankful you're in the small enlightened section of society that is now able to run rings around them.
Working class and university Watch
- Thread Starter
- 15-01-2011 08:32
(Original post by Misnomer)
- 15-01-2011 09:15
I am from a poor background, my mum doesn't work and my dad has a menial job, and the contrast between me and my uni peers is quite striking. For example, they have more confidence and are risk takers, whereas I am not because I haven't had the same experiences and been able to pick up the same skills. I haven't even been on holiday, let alone skiing, music lessons, etc.
OTOH if you go to a university with a high proportion of working class students - typically these are the post '92 unis, there's a lot of people who don't seem to know what they're there for and have pretty low expectations of themselves.
Uni you're rewarded for basically showing off - but often working class students have just come through a 12 years of a system that rewards you for fitting in and not standing out or showing off.
- 15-01-2011 09:24
- 17-01-2011 13:43
I am a mature student, very mature and well past 23
Edinburgh does tend to have a bit of a problem because it attracts a very middle class social group who didn't get into Oxbridge. However there are many students there who are from quite diverse backgrounds. Just because people are on the same course doesn't mean that they have anything in common.
It's not easy for me - I've worked a long time and have a mortgage etc. I don't expect to make close friends just get on with people. I ignore the snobs, you find them everywhere, and socialise through my hobbies - films, theatre, art etc.
The most important thing about Uni is to get the best qualification you can and move on. One day you'll wonder why you cared because many friendships started at Uni don't last for 20 years - unlike in the movies
- 17-01-2011 13:56
Turn the other cheek and be better than these people. Don't end up like so many people with a less privileged background at places like Edinburhg - with a massive chip on your shoulder. It only harms you in the long run.
(Original post by mrbrit)
- 17-01-2011 14:04
I just wanted to know if there is anybody else in the world like me? I go to University of Edinburgh yet I come from a background of my dad being a lorry driver and my mum a stay at home mum, both installed very working class ethics in my (when I say working class I mean by morals and ethics; not money).