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    In general, do people who study computer science socialise? as in going out clubbing, to the pub and stuff like that ... or do they really not do anything?

    Because im going to study computer science and i rarely socialise at the moment and just wandering whether im going to have to change that lol :p:
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    No we're all freaks that hide in their caves writing/debugging code all night.
    So it's best to avoid the cs department.
    Yeah that, and we only listen to nerdcore or geeksta music
    And we only make geek jokes
    And we insult others only with geeky insults (Your mother circulates like a public key etc.)

    Seriously (about time I say), what makes people think that cs students are by definition geeks? I know a lot of people involved with the subject and few of them are like that.


    CS geeks only:
    http://www.monzy.com/intro/drama_lyrics.html (insult taken from here)
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    Computer Science is more than just some nerd behind a computer who studies programming and the alike.

    I would say I'm very sociable - in fact too much. I'm never in. I'm always on here during work time when I haven't got anything better to do.

    There are so few computer nerds out there it's not funny. There is a shortage of real experienced computer people who do have the real knowledge to change things. You need to be the very best to be a 'nerd', and even then, they are not nerds but bloody genius.
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    I'm sure no matter what subject you are doing, students will socialise and go out. It just depends what kind of students are doing the CS course I guess.
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    where are you going to study?? I am starting warwick doing CS in 3 weeks. I am not they stereotypical CS student at all and yes I socialise as does my friend starting with me. I think the world has us CS students misunderstood and you may be plesantly surprised. (or at least i'm hoping thats the truth )

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    Well you certainly aren't a sterotypical CS student automatically Claire as the stereotype is usually male =P. I think stereotyping in anything is something that should be avoided anyway... its particularly bad on the subject someone is studying. Sure, people studying their subject should have a passion for it, but that doesn't mean it dominates their life in a negative way... I think from what I've read on these forums, there aren't actual many people fitting this stereotype anyway
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    Totally. I don't study CS yet, but I'm considered a bit of a geek, yet I still have lots of friends who I party with and socialize with out on the town, etc. Even if you aren't very sociable now, perhaps meeting people who have similar interests to you will allow you to socialize easier, or rather you may be more inclined to socialize than you are right now. I wouldn't worry too much about it, just do what you feel like. If you're happy sitting at home and not feeling like you've gotta go out with your friends every night, that's fine.
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    (Original post by CmpSciClaire)
    where are you going to study?? I am starting warwick doing CS in 3 weeks. I am not they stereotypical CS student at all and yes I socialise as does my friend starting with me. I think the world has us CS students misunderstood and you may be plesantly surprised. (or at least i'm hoping thats the truth )

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    oh u're going to Warwick, its great here=) Be sure to join comp soc during fresher's fair and I'll prob see you on the weekly pub social or something
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    at the UEA open day tho the whole room was full of geeks. I was a little shocked tbh. Im not worried though because i do loads of sport so ill be fine for socialising and it doesnt matter what others do, do what u want to do
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    (Original post by Linda)
    oh u're going to Warwick, its great here=) Be sure to join comp soc during fresher's fair and I'll prob see you on the weekly pub social or something
    Sounds like a plan to me.... I'm up for joining as many societies as possible!! How do i join??? What does being a member mean anyway?? Is it just an excuse for a regualr social???

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    CmpSciClaire- you join in 3 ways:

    1. Portal- www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal
    2. Freshers Fair- uhh, sports teams are week 1 of term, societies are week 2 i think- not been told the score for this year.
    3. Union North (worst way to do it- go up the steps and ask there).

    Need to join societies federation first but once you've done that membership of pretty much all societies is a flat rate £2.50 or so. Need to join warwick sport for sports teams etc (not sure how it works as the past couple of years it was sports fed- think its now tied in with the gym etc though).

    Members of societys generally are members to meet people with similar interests and have regular socials with them, go to events with them etc. E.g. PunkSoc run a lot of gig trips, CompSoc hold a lot of LAN parties/weekly pub socials etc. They're worth joining as they often allow you to have opportunities that otherwise would be hard to have/costly.
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    (Original post by Ynox)
    CmpSciClaire- you join in 3 ways:

    1. Portal- www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal
    2. Freshers Fair- uhh, sports teams are week 1 of term, societies are week 2 i think- not been told the score for this year.
    3. Union North (worst way to do it- go up the steps and ask there).

    Need to join societies federation first but once you've done that membership of pretty much all societies is a flat rate £2.50 or so. Need to join warwick sport for sports teams etc (not sure how it works as the past couple of years it was sports fed- think its now tied in with the gym etc though).

    Members of societys generally are members to meet people with similar interests and have regular socials with them, go to events with them etc. E.g. PunkSoc run a lot of gig trips, CompSoc hold a lot of LAN parties/weekly pub socials etc. They're worth joining as they often allow you to have opportunities that otherwise would be hard to have/costly.

    sounds good to me Is there a list of all societies somewhere. i'll be better off deciding before I go, i'm a nightmare, as soon as I get to uni, i'll get sidetracked and nothing will get done.
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    check the portal.

    Music societies etc are listed as DJ Societies there though.
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    (Original post by CmpSciClaire)
    sounds good to me Is there a list of all societies somewhere. i'll be better off deciding before I go, i'm a nightmare, as soon as I get to uni, i'll get sidetracked and nothing will get done.
    If you go to www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk then click on Societies on the left hand side (or sports or something like that for sports clubs) then it'll take you to a categorised list of all the societies affiliated to the union
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    I love going out to clubs & bars and having a good night out and stuff. However, whenever I meet people I don't really know and tell them I'm doing comp sci next year I can tell that a lot of people think "wow what a nerd". It's kind of irritating that people who know how to use computers are labelled in that way when they really aren't.
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    I do computing and i love socialising and clubs
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    (Original post by mctrials23)
    at the UEA open day tho the whole room was full of geeks. I was a little shocked tbh. Im not worried though because i do loads of sport so ill be fine for socialising and it doesnt matter what others do, do what u want to do
    Thanks :p: I hope that wasnt the one I was at...

    Anyway, I guess CS is more likely to attract the type of person that wouldnt have gone out as much at high school/college and those that are considered 'geeky'... actually thinknig about it, your judgement about the open day was fairly accurate. Maybe that's true of all propper science courses where you need a form of inteligence thats higher than you'd need to complete media studies or something, i dont know.

    I certainly dont plan on staying in every night; the main reason I didnt go out half as often over the last ocuple of years was the lack of ID, and the transport issues around her - now theres nothing stopping me.
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    To be honest, most people I know who study CS or similar courses ARE geeks. They do enjoy LAN parties and spend a lot of time in the library/computer rooms talking to each other on IRC (yes, often when sitting at opposite desks). However, you can often find them in the pub as well and normally can spot them immediately as they're the ones with a group of guys wearing hideous clothes - tight jeans and lace-up shoes seem to be popular. There are obviously a few people (notably girls) who do not comply to the stereotype and will party as much as everyone else. Basically what I'm trying to say is (in a very long-winded way) that whether you're a geek or not, you'll find a group of friends you can feel comfortable with at university.
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    (Original post by hallucination)
    To be honest, most people I know who study CS or similar courses ARE geeks. They do enjoy LAN parties and spend a lot of time in the library/computer rooms talking to each other on IRC (yes, often when sitting at opposite desks). However, you can often find them in the pub as well and normally can spot them immediately as they're the ones with a group of guys wearing hideous clothes - tight jeans and lace-up shoes seem to be popular. There are obviously a few people (notably girls) who do not comply to the stereotype and will party as much as everyone else. Basically what I'm trying to say is (in a very long-winded way) that whether you're a geek or not, you'll find a group of friends you can feel comfortable with at university.
    True.. i am a girl doing ict and i do not comply with the sterotyped computer geek. Though i do wear glasses.. they are funky f c u k ones which look very sixties which have a flicked out look to them. All the guys on the open day were very geekish, i must admit.

    Edit: It blanked out f cuk when i put it in one word.. evil!
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    I think the people likely to post in this thread will be the ones who don't comply with the sterotype... I don't see anyone standing up and saying "actually yea, I'm a huge geek and I won't be socialising" however, at all of the open days I went to, the stereotypes were fairly acurate. At one uni (I won't say which) I asked about sport and the return answer was that they CS dept had a great conkers team!!!!! They said that they often burnt their conkers after the match because quote: "thats the kinda crazy stuff they do!!!" It was amusing i must say.

    Having said that, your course is not going to be your only source of social life so if you don't find anyone to go out with there, I'm sure you will have no trouble elsewhere. In a group of thousands of 18-21 year olds there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone!
 
 
 
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