Graduating at 23, almost 24?

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I took a gap year, which was probably a bad idea since I'm old for my year anyway, having a November birthday. So, I will turn 20 in my first term. My course is 4 years long.
I'm really worrying about this, in that it seems quite late to finish, and everyone we be so much younger than me.
Any thoughts from anyone?
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Gap years, retaking A-Levels and even Foundation years are very common, don't worry about it.
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I'm redoing year 12 and a lot of my friends are going to be taking gap years, so I really wouldn't worry about it.


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(Original post by ginger_biscuits)
I took a gap year, which was probably a bad idea since I'm old for my year anyway, having a November birthday. So, I will turn 20 in my first term. My course is 4 years long.
I'm really worrying about this, in that it seems quite late to finish, and everyone we be so much younger than me.
Any thoughts from anyone?
That is exactly what I did, and my birthday is in November too.

It is fine, you do not notice age at all. However, some of my friends did joke about it a few times, which did get tiresome at points.

You will have more life experience, etc. I found my social skills, independence and confidence had increased in my time out before University, which puts you in a better position than some who might go straight from education.
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(Original post by ginger_biscuits)
I took a gap year, which was probably a bad idea since I'm old for my year anyway, having a November birthday. So, I will turn 20 in my first term. My course is 4 years long.
I'm really worrying about this, in that it seems quite late to finish, and everyone we be so much younger than me.
Any thoughts from anyone?
lots of older people at uni. I was two years older and it was never a problem!


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Pretty normal, don't worry.
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I was 25 on Thursday and I'm starting my 4 year degree in September...
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I'll be graduating at 26, don't worry about it and be thankful you're not working/looking for a job in this awful economic climate.
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You're graduating at 23/24 it really isn't important. I didn't start university until I was 26.

Just make the most of it.
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It's not important is it. I'm starting in September at 24 so will graduate 27/28. Not bothered at all.
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I don't understand. What's wrong? That's very normal. You meet people of all ages at university and especially gappers. Have a great time!
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I'll be 21 in October and I start in September this year.
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I took a gap year and was 20 in November last year as well. It honestly makes little difference, there will be lots of people older than you there. Dontcha worry
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That's nothing really - I should be 22 when I graduate, which is young/standard...And you're only 1 year above that.
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I just finished my first year and I'm 24. It was terrible, they all called me papa greybeard.
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I did 3 years at college then a gap year, beginning uni in Sept at 20...I don't think age will be a problem unless you can't tolerate excited 17/18 year olds...which I don't mind because I still like to think I'm a teenager :ashamed2:
Plus, 9 times out of 10, there will always be someone who's older than you
i would go further and say 99/100 there will be someone older. There are always a few mid 20's, mid 30's people around.
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(Original post by ginger_biscuits)
I took a gap year, which was probably a bad idea since I'm old for my year anyway, having a November birthday. So, I will turn 20 in my first term. My course is 4 years long.
I'm really worrying about this, in that it seems quite late to finish, and everyone we be so much younger than me.
Any thoughts from anyone?
In Greece the biggest proportion of students graduate yeeeeeears later because they get lazy during their studies and they only want to have fun. (there are no tuition fees and there are 2 free meals per day, free accommodation, free books, free transportation and university utilities, so their parents only have to pay for a few living costs). Most of the undergraduate courses' normal duaration in Greece is 4 or 5 years. So given the laziness of the students, the average time for a student in a greek university for an undergraduate degree is 8 years (graduating older than 26 years old. But this is only the mean of the population, which means that 20% of the students graduate at an age of at least 29 years old (or older). That's why you shouldn't feel old. I personally know a person who is 34 years old and still "trying" for his undergraduate degree. The situation that I described is very common here, and everyone blames the "difficulties of the university courses" for the late graduations. People write down on their CV that they "finish the uni in only 7 years" (!!!) . In addition, since there is 1 year of mandattory military service for the males, I let you imagine the average time that someone begins working...

However, although most of the greek students are like that, a small proportion (the good students) are equivalent to the good students of the rest of the world (For instance it is known that they have earned many certificates in international competitions and olympiads, and they have also posted some famous papers), but this is only less than 10% of the population. For example I am finishing my degree in 4 years and they think that I am a god or something (!), even though I believe that I only did what I had to do because if I stayed there for more than 4 years it would only be a waste of time.
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I'll be 27...its not a big deal although it bothered me at first too. Everyone is different and has their own reasons for graduating later than others, you will not be the only one in your year that's for sure! As long as your doing what you want to do and achieve what you want to being 23/24 is not old at all! and its impossible to tell in most cases the difference between people in their twenties...your still so young! So get over it (in the nicest way possible) and start looking forward to uni!
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I will be turning 21 in the second term of my first year at uni and my degree is also 4 years long. You'll be fine. They'll only be a year or two younger than you which isn't "much younger" and it's not like you'll stand out as older.
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I just finished my first year and I'm 24. It was terrible, they all called me papa greybeard.
"Did they not have ... in the 80s?" was a standard joke for me. In all seriousness though, no one cares, people I'm living with next year are all 19/20 and started at 18, we all get along like a house on fire and it's going to be quality.
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