I'm new here but I am struggling after just less than one term of my second year studying Biology at Newcastle University and wondered if anyone could offer some advice.
I find the molecular aspects of the course very difficult and don't feel that my general grasp of the wider subject is as good as that of my peers. I am beginning to wish that I had taken the opportunity to change courses at the end of my first year in order to study something less academically rigorous, Geography for example. The pressure to get my grades is dominating my experience of University and I still find myself defending the reputation of my University left, right and centre as I feel as though I should have got into Oxbridge.
I struggled to make friends during my first year and resorted to taking up some strange hobbies which I would not normally have considered. I met some good people but ultimately did not form too many great relationships. I have also recently met an oriental girl who also does my course and fallen for her in a big way but haven't managed to make anything of it at all - I have no idea about this kind of stuff, despite my Co-Ed education background. I put a brave face on it and try to appear as positive as I can; I contribute regularly to many websites in order to occupy my time, helping others takes my mind off my own situation.
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