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    I'm having two years out, much against my will, and if I overcome the seemingly endless hurdles to get into University, I'll be 20 amongst 18 year olds. I know it's only two years, but at that age it may as well be two decades; and I'm not exactly the sort of person who relishes other people's company as it is.

    Not to mention the obvious ongoing tuition fee saga.

    I want to go to increase my mind - the original intention of students/academics and the real reason Universities exist, and not so it will further my career and bank balance. I despair when I here statistics of a graduate earning so and so amount more in a lifetime than someone without a degree, as a way of enticing them to attend. What do you all think?
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    its your life






    but if I were in your shoes I would go if I had the chance as it seems age is the only thing stopping you.
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    If it makes you feel any better, there is a girl across the hall from where I live who took two gap years and she couldn't have fitted in any better. Her age has never been an issue to any one
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    Well I turned 20 in my first year of university, and yes the majority of my friends are 18. But honestly you would never think there was an age gap. The friends I have made are mature and good fun to be around. Plus, you will definitely not be the oldest in your lectures at 20. There are plenty of people 20-25 who are starting uni for the first time.

    If you don't "relish" in other peoples company" thats fine as well, not everyone is a party animal at university.

    University is what you make of it.
    It can be a 3 year party. It can be to increase your future earning potential. It can be to 'increase your mind' as you put it.

    And as for the tuition fee saga, everyone will be in the same boat.

    University is a positive experience and a good oppotunity.
    So try and stop focusing on the negatives.
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    (Original post by rylit91)
    I'm having two years out, much against my will, and if I overcome the seemingly endless hurdles to get into University, I'll be 20 amongst 18 year olds. I know it's only two years, but at that age it may as well be two decades; and I'm not exactly the sort of person who relishes other people's company as it is.

    Not to mention the obvious ongoing tuition fee saga.

    I want to go to increase my mind - the original intention of students/academics and the real reason Universities exist, and not so it will further my career and bank balance. I despair when I here statistics of a graduate earning so and so amount more in a lifetime than someone without a degree, as a way of enticing them to attend. What do you all think?
    There is virtually no difference between 18 and 20 year-olds. All the actual grown ups will still see you all as pesky kids

    As for broadening the mind, that can be done without going to university. Unless you want to do medicine or a course that requires specialised training, you can just be autodidactic. As unglamorous as it may seem, the best reason to go to university IS for the job prospects.
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    Definitely go.

    I'm the same as you.

    I took 2 years out and will go in 2011 at 20 years of age.

    Think of your future - if you don't go and end up in a rubbish job, you'll think "I wonder what I could've been had I gone to university :| "

    It will be much harder the older you get. At 20 you'll find it easier to mix as you're practically still the same age group, even if more mature. You'll still probably have that wild side in you that wants to let loose at times, just so far you haven't met the right people. Maybe at university you'll meet people on the same intellectual level as you that you can relate to, they may even carve out the rest of your life - look at Mark Zuckerberg & Eduardo who created Facebook - I'm not implying you will be the worlds next youngest billionaire but you could create something that could be very worthwhile.

    Basically, you have the chance to make something of yourself and to not go to university would put that academic potential to waste, so you should 100% go.

    Good luck.
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    I'm going to be 26years old when I start my degree and I’m not concerned at all about any age differences. There will always be mature students and my current social life consists of a mixture of older/younger groups, plus any concern i may have had about the age difference is far outweighed by the other positive aspects of going to university.

    I wasn’t able to go when I was younger (ended up homeless at 16. Generally not recommended!) but i have got myself together and been working in a reasonable job for a few years now. I have found it difficult to progress without a degree and feel I don’t have anything to lose by not gaining a university education. I will have the student debt to consider but this does not have to be paid back until I earn a certain amount, then it’s only deducted as a percentage of my income so I feel this is manageable.

    The graduates that I know who have gained degree but been unable to secure a job in their chosen field have all said the same thing, experience is a key factor. They have advised me to gain as much experience as possible through placements, volunteering opportunities, part time work etc

    Good luck in whatever you choose!
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    (Original post by traveller09)
    I'm going to be 26years old when I start my degree and I’m not concerned at all about any age differences. There will always be mature students and my current social life consists of a mixture of older/younger groups, plus any concern i may have had about the age difference is far outweighed by the other positive aspects of going to university.

    I wasn’t able to go when I was younger (ended up homeless at 16. Generally not recommended!) but i have got myself together and been working in a reasonable job for a few years now. I have found it difficult to progress without a degree and feel I don’t have anything to lose by not gaining a university education. I will have the student debt to consider but this does not have to be paid back until I earn a certain amount, then it’s only deducted as a percentage of my income so I feel this is manageable.

    The graduates that I know who have gained degree but been unable to secure a job in their chosen field have all said the same thing, experience is a key factor. They have advised me to gain as much experience as possible through placements, volunteering opportunities, part time work etc

    Good luck in whatever you choose!
    definitely do a sandwich course ( 4 years - 3 years at uni, 1 year on work placement)

    That one year on a work placement could land you a decent job for the rest of your career.

    Sorry to hear about you being homeless but very happy that you've overcame this and still have sorted things out to the point where you can now move forward.

    Good luck & all the best.
 
 
 
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