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    The show has actually become like a guilty please for me! its like I find it stupid but i've watched all 3
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    Yeah I didn't get the "secret" part, maybe to parents but to us students this stuff didn't come up as much of a surprise tbh


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    (Original post by misscherie)
    Yeah I didn't get the "secret" part, maybe to parents but to us students this stuff didn't come up as much of a surprise tbh


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    I think the "secret" part was a reference to the fact they had access to the texts and stuff
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    (Original post by ElleM1407)
    The show has actually become like a guilty please for me! its like I find it stupid but i've watched all 3
    same
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    (Original post by simplylldxo)
    Honestly? It upset and scared me for university in September. I 100% feel connected with Lauren in terms of her struggling to settle into university life; not having the confidence which affects me socialising (I prefer my own company most of the time). I'm also a non-drinker so I don't feel comfortable around drunk people which means I don't go out at night.

    I was looking through the #SecretLifeOfStudents tag on Twitter whilst the show and the comments I saw (who were mainly about Lauren) were horrible. They tweeted things such as: 'oh I hope I don't get stuck with someone like Lauren.', 'she needs to lighten up and stop attention seeking.' And when she quoted Anne Frank and Eeyore 'what is she, 5?'

    Not every student lives up to the stereotype of drinking, having one night stands 'smashed and dashed' and having one big party like Aiden; some people go to university to learn which is the whole point.

    What annoyed me the most was when the narrator was comparing the number of Facebook friends between Lauren, Josie and Aiden; Josie and Aiden had over 'extravagant' 1,200 friends whilst Lauren had a 'modest' 400 friends. So? It just means Lauren is more of a private person and doesn't accept people she doesn't know, I only have 340 Facebook friends but I'm okay with that.
    I thought the first episode was absolutely terrible and left me feeling rather annoyed because it left the wrong sort of impression about students and our lifestyle. Here is my blog post on it: http://areflectivestudent.wordpress....e-of-students/

    But the last two recent episodes have been considerably better; thank God.
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    (Original post by chocolateitch)
    I thought the first episode was absolutely terrible and left me feeling rather annoyed because it left the wrong sort of impression about students and our lifestyle. Here is my blog post on it: http://areflectivestudent.wordpress....e-of-students/

    But the last two recent episodes have been considerably better; thank God.
    I have watched episode one back and realised every fresher is like that... I think the series is pants though, all they are showing you is their social life. Why not film parts about the education part?

    Ooh I'll give it a read
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    (Original post by simplylldxo)
    Honestly? It upset and scared me for university in September. I 100% feel connected with Lauren in terms of her struggling to settle into university life; not having the confidence which affects me socialising (I prefer my own company most of the time). I'm also a non-drinker so I don't feel comfortable around drunk people which means I don't go out at night.

    I was looking through the #SecretLifeOfStudents tag on Twitter whilst the show and the comments I saw (who were mainly about Lauren) were horrible. They tweeted things such as: 'oh I hope I don't get stuck with someone like Lauren.', 'she needs to lighten up and stop attention seeking.' And when she quoted Anne Frank and Eeyore 'what is she, 5?'

    Not every student lives up to the stereotype of drinking, having one night stands 'smashed and dashed' and having one big party like Aiden; some people go to university to learn which is the whole point.

    What annoyed me the most was when the narrator was comparing the number of Facebook friends between Lauren, Josie and Aiden; Josie and Aiden had over 'extravagant' 1,200 friends whilst Lauren had a 'modest' 400 friends. So? It just means Lauren is more of a private person and doesn't accept people she doesn't know, I only have 340 Facebook friends but I'm okay with that.
    If I were you, I wouldn't be scared. I think the programme has a totally skewed look at university life, with partying and drinking being something that is prioritised.

    If you are like Lauren, being an introvert and not wanting to drink/be around drunk people, my advice would be not to go out. Yes, join in socialising with pre-drinks if you want, because you'll get to know people, but being the only sober person in a club full of people who are wasted and just trying to 'pull' is not a place you want to be.

    My advice would be to join a society (or a number of them) near the start, you'll meet likeminded people in a friendly, non-alcoholic environment. And don't feel under pressure to keep them up if you don't enjoy them!

    I spent freshers week in bars instead of clubs, went out once a week maximum (much less after easter cause I got bored of it) and know a few people who didn't drink at all and still had a great time.

    Uni is great, just make the most of it.
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    My sister is a fresher at Leicester (her and her mates have spotted themselves in background tracking shots!) and she feels that it is totally disproportional with her experience. She also said that in places they've rearrange the order of events to make the narrative they're telling fit, like bumping an event that happened into freshers way up into the middle of term. Apparently all the people not involved in it are really embarrassed and annoyed that it might paint their uni in a bad light. I'm not a mad fan of Channel 4 documentaries anyway (except One Born Every Minute!)...
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    Its about the drinking and partying because it is the 'secret' life of students. Sitting in the library or in a lecture wouldn't exactly be entertainment for your average couch potato!

    Besides I dont think they're allowed to record lectures since people have paid to attend them.

    As a student at Leicester Uni, I can say this paints a good picture of forst year but the rest of the course is very calm in comparrison. If you live in halls in first year you will make friends. 9/10 people move in with the people they meet in halls in second year and you all support each other through your time there. But if you act like Lauren does in the first episode, you will end up by yourself. People arent there to babysit you, its university. Although it took her a while, Josie was right when she said tomorrow is the rest of my life. Because it is, and only if you put the effort in will you get back what you want from uni.

    Take the guy doing physics who kept staying in bed. He didnt put the effort in and faced being thrown out and its like his mum said, shed have been so disappointed. But mostly I think he would have been disappointed in himself even if he wouldn't admit it at first.

    Take home message: Uni is what you make of it


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    I've watched all of the episodes on 4ondemand today and I don't know why but it is making me want to do really well at sixth form so I can go to uni.

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    Although it is somewhat exaggerated in certain aspects, I do think it has some accurate depiction of university life. xD
    I was interested in it seeing as I wasn't any of the students that were shown.
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    (Original post by Lil3utterfly)
    Although it is somewhat exaggerated in certain aspects, I do think it has some accurate depiction of university life. xD
    I was interested in it seeing as I wasn't any of the students that were shown.
    Oh do you go to Leicester?


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    (Original post by maryamzahid)
    Oh do you go to Leicester?


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    Nope, but I have a friend who does. She knows about the guy who got chlamydia though. Do you go to Leicester?
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    (Original post by Lil3utterfly)
    Nope, but I have a friend who does. She knows about the guy who got chlamydia though. Do you go to Leicester?
    haha, does she have a high opinion of him? and no, I am going to Liverpool this September (hopefully)
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    Tbh, my year group at uni seem far more boring than the lot in the series. At least some of them were funny and outgoing, there are ****load of rah's at my uni and really posh folk, it makes me feel uncomfortable. Aiden (warmed up to him in the end), Hassan, Brenda, the single mum whos name I forget, Luke and the physics dude all seemed like likeable people, although yes they all have their faults I feel like they're people I could see my self hanging around with. Ben was wayyyy too arrogant for my liking, Michael and his gf were too corny and were slutty as ffuuuu-, and Josie was just a typical rah **** tbh (along with her friend whos name begins with an M (the whale)). Oh yeah, and the girl who had a bf and kept complaining jesus christ she'd drive me insane. The people I met on my course resemble Lauren, nice but ****ing boring and take everything waayy too serious.
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    To me it was a secret. I had absolutely no idea that things that happened on the show actually happen at uni. So it was definitely an eye opener to naive people like me. I really wish the program continues.

    3 episodes was not enough

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    I just finished watching the last episode.
    Brenda- Annoying as hell, moaning 24/7. Eat, sleep, moan, repeat.
    Aiden- I recoil everytime he's on the screen. Typical 'LAD'.
    Helen/the guy who cheated - Irrelevant people.
    Gemma - What an idiot. Those texts were absolutely cringe with the million 'xxxxxxxxxxxx's. I would smash his phone over his head if he texted me like that.
    The eeyore quote girl - Attention seeking at its finest.
    Josie - Normal.
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    (Original post by maryamzahid)
    haha, does she have a high opinion of him? and no, I am going to Liverpool this September (hopefully)
    Xd not really, she said that everyone knows him because he has chlamydia.
    awww I see, so I'm guessing you've finished your A-levels? Good luck with your results
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    (Original post by Lil3utterfly)
    Xd not really, she said that everyone knows him because he has chlamydia.
    awww I see, so I'm guessing you've finished your A-levels? Good luck with your results
    haha, well the entire country knows him now for that and yes I have thank you
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    (Original post by maryamzahid)
    haha, well the entire country knows him now for that and yes I have thank you
    Yeah, I don't know how some people think sometimes, especially not his.
    You're welcome I hope you don't end up like the people on the show,
    you'll be able to fit right in (if you're worried)
 
 
 
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