Durham - St Mary's, the all girls college

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I'd be more concerned about sharing a room than being all girls.
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OK, i got accepted to the all girls college today, which is so not where I want to go. I'm so gutted, I've already been rejected by my 1st and second choices, can anyone tell me anything about St Mary's, good or bad, cos I only know that it's all girls (and that sucks)
You joker............. As far as I know, there are 3 St. Mary's. Which one is yours????? The one in Ascot, shaftsbury or where???
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You joker............. As far as I know, there are 3 St. Mary's. Which one is yours????? The one in Ascot, shaftsbury or where???
I think she means Durham.
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I've seen some posts on these forums from people who really liked Marys.. hmm.. hope that some of them start to PM you with their experiences. Take care! It'd be a pity to turn down a great uni for a trivial issue like that.

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Check out the Durham Student Union forums

http://talk.dsu.org.uk/read.php?f=24&i=110&t=110

This one in particular might interest you. xoxo
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It's possible to change after you arrive but not straight away,you have to out a good case in though.

2005 is not too late for when you live in in your third year.

In my opinion St Mary's looks one of the prettier colleges and I wouldn't reject Durham taking in to account your other offers just because of this. Remember your lessons will be with men, and even in a mixed college you'd be in an all female environment in respect to your corridor.
Thanks everyone, I have actually managed to change colleges to St Aidan's, even though I'm sure Mary's is great
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Thanks everyone, I have actually managed to change colleges to St Aidan's, even though I'm sure Mary's is great
Oooo, maybe I should do that...but it'll look silly if I still end up rejecting the offer!
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Thanks everyone, I have actually managed to change colleges to St Aidan's, even though I'm sure Mary's is great
Ooh, I know someone going there to study French, how exciting..
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Thanks everyone, I have actually managed to change colleges to St Aidan's, even though I'm sure Mary's is great
Everyone, including me, who doesnt get into thier 1st choice college seems to get put there
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Probably because very few people apply there out of choice, lol. The more I hear, the more amazed I am that I wasn't stuck there. Maybe because the department were quick with my application. I'll be sure to thank them, lol.
having beeen, it looks great, i'm glad i got rejected from collingwood
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Probably because very few people apply there out of choice, lol.
The letter with my offer started by thanking me for making a direct application to Mary's - I suppose this makes me quite a rarity. Poor little college, so undersubscribed to, that they're actually grateful when someone applies to them as their first choice...*grin*. Well, the more I read about it, the more I like the sound of Mary's, and I'm still glad I applied there. I figured I would meet guys in my course, and so on anyway, and that it might be quite nice if my "home", as it were, was an all girls environment.
That said, there is a boy in my class, who is still trying to make up his mind between Durham and Bristol (it looks like it's going to be Bristol though), and I sort of wish he would pick Durham, so it would give me an excuse to go and hang out in Cuth's.
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Oooo, maybe I should do that...but it'll look silly if I still end up rejecting the offer!
Try anyway. If you end up rejecting the offer and you look silly, who cares?! You're never going to see them again anyway, what have you got to lose?
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I visited mary's last month and it wasn't as bad as expected, althought the facilities there weren't great and it didn't seem the most social place to be,the food was good and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. The college is also almost next to the science site and pretty near a lot of other things. It did feel a bit like a girls boarding school though. What put me off most was that because its a collegiate system rather than simply acomodation in halls of residence is that there is a lot of stereotyping, people may assume you chose to pick mary's and that gives you a certain reputation from the beginning, that's a problem with any collegiate system but it can breed prejudice/labelling which I discovered after less than 24 hours there, people do judge you on your college 'choice' even if you didn't choose the college
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I visited mary's last month and it wasn't as bad as expected, althought the facilities there weren't great and it didn't seem the most social place to be,the food was good and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. The college is also almost next to the science site and pretty near a lot of other things. It did feel a bit like a girls boarding school though. What put me off most was that because its a collegiate system rather than simply acomodation in halls of residence is that there is a lot of stereotyping, people may assume you chose to pick mary's and that gives you a certain reputation from the beginning, that's a problem with any collegiate system but it can breed prejudice/labelling which I discovered after less than 24 hours there, people do judge you on your college 'choice' even if you didn't choose the college
I don't care about the label...I visited Mary's, and I loved it, and I can't wait to go there. I have my little St. Mary's teddy bear on my desk, to remind me what I'm working towards (lol....just how sad am I?)
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Awwww.



Though vaguely on the subject, I saw someone at school wearing a 'University of Sheffield' sweater. I believe they have a conditional offer to study there. A teddy as a reminder to study, I understand, but I would feel that wearing a sweatshirt would be tempting fate. And no, I have no history of crazy superstition.

True...*grin*, wouldn't want to encourage the gods of academia to make us mess up our exams out of spite.

Once I had bought my teddy, it dawned on me though, that an actual student probably wouldn't be caught dead with it, and that college t-shirts and teddy bears and so on, are most likely only bought by prospective students like myself....or do you think anyone at Durham would actually go around wearing a "University of Durham" t-shirt?
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True...*grin*, wouldn't want to encourage the gods of academia to make us mess up our exams out of spite.

Once I had bought my teddy, it dawned on me though, that an actual student probably wouldn't be caught dead with it, and that college t-shirts and teddy bears and so on, are most likely only bought by prospective students like myself....or do you think anyone at Durham would actually go around wearing a "University of Durham" t-shirt?
Actually i reckon they would lol, and dfinately college t shirts...:rolleyes:
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I didn't go to Durham, I lived there already! But I did go to a women's college, at Cambridge. Not my first choice but when I got there it was fine. Everyone is taught together and you can socialise at other colleges (and people from other colleges can come to your college. I assume that is the same at Durham.) College is just where you live and it's no different from being in all female halls/floors that exist in other universities. After a few days I didn't notice it.
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I'm at Mary's at the moment in my 1st yr and, no, i didn't apply there - i was seduced by the lure of Castle, but u learn not to admit that because everyone just takes the piss!
mary's is great fun as long as you're prepared to get involved. if u stay in your room moaning about being in an all-girls college, your prob gonna have a crap 3 yrs. on the other hand, we're all really friendly and you can wander around with unwashed hair and pj's on cos there are no boys. we've got the nicest college buildings on the hill with a lovely view of the cathedral and we're the closest to the science site - you can get up at 5 to and make it to ur 9 o'clock
also u only have to live in for one year and u lucky girls coming in october get lots of lovely men oct 05 (i'm on my work placement yr then, grrrr!)
we do have a bit of a reputation around durham ("virgin megastore" is a favourite, as well as "lesbian,virgin,whore") but its not a problem. at least our college is well known, and as soon as people get to know u, they'll change their minds.
it's a good idea to try make friends in other colleges, esp men, so u can bring them to college events ("ents") cos otherwise they can be a bit female dominated, but apart from that everything's cool.
i'd better get back to work - u can tell its exam time, everyone's procrastinating like mad!
see you in october
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I'm at Mary's at the moment in my 1st yr and, no, i didn't apply there - i was seduced by the lure of Castle, but u learn not to admit that because everyone just takes the piss!
mary's is great fun as long as you're prepared to get involved. if u stay in your room moaning about being in an all-girls college, your prob gonna have a crap 3 yrs. on the other hand, we're all really friendly and you can wander around with unwashed hair and pj's on cos there are no boys. we've got the nicest college buildings on the hill with a lovely view of the cathedral and we're the closest to the science site - you can get up at 5 to and make it to ur 9 o'clock
also u only have to live in for one year and u lucky girls coming in october get lots of lovely men oct 05 (i'm on my work placement yr then, grrrr!)
we do have a bit of a reputation around durham ("virgin megastore" is a favourite, as well as "lesbian,virgin,whore") but its not a problem. at least our college is well known, and as soon as people get to know u, they'll change their minds.
it's a good idea to try make friends in other colleges, esp men, so u can bring them to college events ("ents") cos otherwise they can be a bit female dominated, but apart from that everything's cool.
i'd better get back to work - u can tell its exam time, everyone's procrastinating like mad!
see you in october
xx
Hahahaha - "virgin megastore"...
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True...*grin*, wouldn't want to encourage the gods of academia to make us mess up our exams out of spite.

Once I had bought my teddy, it dawned on me though, that an actual student probably wouldn't be caught dead with it, and that college t-shirts and teddy bears and so on, are most likely only bought by prospective students like myself....or do you think anyone at Durham would actually go around wearing a "University of Durham" t-shirt?
Yes, yes, yes, we call anything with college/society/university logo on it stash and people can't get enough of it! So far I have a college t-shirt, a uni of durham rugby shirt, a cuths hockey polo shirt, jacket and rugby shirt and a student union t-shirt. People wear it all the time - it's great!
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