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    I would say go to uni, although not everyone goes in for the socialising etc.
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    The first semester of first year is a great laugh where you'll meet loads of people, go out all the time and have a ball without having to work too hard. However in semester two and more so in second year things start to get real. You'll find your work a lot more demanding and you won't have the same desire to go out as much. This is the point at which most people drop out - the constant partying is over and you have to actually concentrate on being an academic now. Don't get me wrong, there is still a lot of fun to be had in societies, sports teams and with the friends you've made in first year but work is the most important thing.

    Do not go to University if you are more interested in the social life than getting your degree. The 3 months of being a fresher isn't worth the debt and waste of time.
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    I got an apprenticeship after dropping out of uni, and now I can't wait to go back to uni in September, having completed my apprenticeship. I'm 22, and I feel like I've missed out on loads of stuff being stuck in the office from 7-5 every day - not only the partying side of things, but meeting new people, having the opportunity to study abroad, as well as developing new study skills. I don't regret getting the apprenticeship, but I do wish that I'd come to the decision that uni WAS for me after all, sooner than I have.
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    (Original post by Haste)
    I lapsed last year during my first year at college after performing well at GCSE and subsequently flopped my AS levels (I did make some poor choices subject wise which hindered me (maths and physics)). I want to be a Building Surveyor, a course which I can take at uni, or instead get an apprenticeship which will not be hard for me to do. Due to my poor AS grades I was rejected by most of my choices (deferred til 2016 anyway). In all honesty with university I just want to know whether it is worth it socially as I can obtain the same skills and greater financial prowess elsewhere. If I do choose university i'll just reapply next year when I receive some hopefully improved grades.

    tl;dr is university worth it for the social life alone? Or should I just go get my apprenticeship and enjoy the money?
    1st year is about the social life, the ideology of "lets go out and get pissed, if we get 40% we pass the year"
    However 2nd and 3rd year requires academic commitment.
    If you're not too bothered about the academic and an apprenticeship can offer you relevant qualifications I'd say go for it.
    People still have social lives who aren't at University.

    If you do decide to go to University, I'd say choose a course which benefits you pratically. This means choosing a course which has a placement year/module so you get into the work space and apply yourself. This way you get a good degree out of it and some work experience.
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    If you think a social life is worth £9000 a year then sure why not.... Fundamentally, uni is about studying and getting a degree - social life comes second so if you wanna go uni make sure you're actually working towards something for the future and not doing something you'll regret when you're in a 27 grand debt...
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    I can see what you mean but I dont think it is.
    And this is coming from someone who doesnt have many friends.

    Currently thinking Apprenticeship v University.
    I'd love to experience the social life of Uni and meet new people but Ifs a very expensive way of making friends and having a social life If you aren't willing to put the work in.
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    (Original post by Topps)
    I can see what you mean but I dont think it is.
    And this is coming from someone who doesnt have many friends.

    Currently thinking Apprenticeship v University.
    I'd love to experience the social life of Uni and meet new people but Ifs a very expensive way of making friends and having a social life If you aren't willing to put the work in.
    But if you are willing to put the work in towards a decent degree (eng) then?
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    (Original post by lewif002)
    But if you are willing to put the work in towards a decent degree (eng) then?
    I would say it's worth it. As someone said before, the social aspect is mostly just for first year. You'll meet loads of people, make plenty of friends and go out all the time. You won't have to start doing any demanding work until second year (when you will already have an established friendship group).

    Then if you work hard and get a decent degree, you will have a great experience of uni life as well as something to show for it in the end.
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    Anyone would think that nobody develops a social life and friends until they go off to university.
 
 
 
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