Am I the only one that has fallen out of love with Keele? Watch

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Two years ago I was so excited about coming to Keele, I knew I'd definately get the grades and I knew my place was being kept warm for me - I had not long come back from an open day and I loved what I saw, the Halls I had seen were pretty dingy to be honest but that added to the whole notion of being a student, Keele Hall was ace, the lake is still a novelty to me, the union is huge, a bar in every set of Halls is a bonus, the leisure centre swung it too. But the one mistake I made which was vital, was that I listened to my friends when they didn't want to go to the Law lectures to see what it was about. To be honest I suppose it wouldn't have much difference, the prospetus is impressive as is Westminster. Keele had already sold itself to me.

But towards the end of last year I felt as though that had all gone out of the window.

I have well and truely fallen out of love with Keele. And its down to my departments. People, like you lovely lot, are ace, the union still rocks and I still love walking around the woods and lake. But I hate my course. I'm underachieving and theough I'm asking for help, tutors and support are still reluctant to give it out - its like I'm an inconveneince and their offices are only there for somewhere to drink soffee in and look important.

I'm nearly at the end of my 2nd year, I have to stay of campus because its cheaper and my finances are messed up. Its too far to drop out but is it too late to transfer?

I'm doing LLB Law Maj Min Sociology.

Only 12 months left and I'll be graduating, but how can I turn this around so that I enjoy my last year?

Do other 2nd years feel like this and is it normal? :suith:
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Go see one of the Academic Advisers and they'll talk you through all of your options. Thats what I did and I found them to be really helpful.

I did law here for my first year too and I really didn't enjoy the course at all, so I changed my subject at the start of year 2 and now things are much better. It's made such a difference to my outlook of keele - in my first year I hated the place and couldn't wait to go, now, as Graduation is only a couple of months away, I dont want to leave!

Go see them and explain how you're feeling. doing a course that you don't enjoy for another year is just going to make you unhappy and would possibly be a waste of time and money.

Hope you get things sorted x
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Thanks I'll take that on board. I really want a law degree, but I don't want to have to put up with Keele, I want to do law, but a change in course at the same uni isn't what I'm after, i don't want to have to spend another 3 years living in Stoke-on-Trent, and to be honest I really can't afford to live NOW, let alone next year or a prospective other 3 years.
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what are you people talking about? are you saying that Keele dosnt have a good law course? Ill probably will go there for Law and politics next year so seriously...why didny you like it?
It seems such a nice, leafy place to be.
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It is nice and leafy... that's what I fell for lol.

This is the problem I have personally with Keele. Other people love it and good for them, but they most probably lived with law students in halls, whereas I was on a floor with just medicine students, i felt isolated from day one, and with ONE seminar every TWO weeks, I couldn't (and still can't) get a network going. I personally feel its a very un-personal course. Compared to friends at Man Met, JMU, Durham and Lancaster, I've pulled the short straw. My mate at Durham LEFT Keele because it did her nut in so much, I just blatantly couldn't afford to start over.

Lucky her, she's at Durham... which is abit of a two-fingers to Keele lol.
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what are you people talking about? are you saying that Keele dosnt have a good law course? Ill probably will go there for Law and politics next year so seriously...why didny you like it?
It seems such a nice, leafy place to be.
No, not saying that Keele doesn't offer a good law course at all. Infact, I think it's a very good course, especially if you want to be a lawyer/solicitor etc.
It's just not for everyone thats all. Some people find the limited number of seminars difficult, and the workload is quite heavy. I personally just realised that it wasn't want I wanted, I didn't want to be a lawyer and I felt that the course was built for people who did want that career.
I know quite a few people who do law and they all really like it. It really does depend on the individual.
You should really come and visit the campus and go to the introductory law lectures on visit days to see if it's the kind of thing you'd be interested in. Don't just base your opinion on the fact that it's 'leafy'!
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Thanks I'll take that on board. I really want a law degree, but I don't want to have to put up with Keele, I want to do law, but a change in course at the same uni isn't what I'm after, i don't want to have to spend another 3 years living in Stoke-on-Trent, and to be honest I really can't afford to live NOW, let alone next year or a prospective other 3 years.
Are there any uni's closer to home that do law which you could commute to? Would save accomodation fees...
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Still, if I change course and uni I'll be on the new top-up fees system which defeats the object. I'll be in twice as much debt then lol. I could go to Liverpool or JMU or Man Met but I can't afford to start over.
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Still, if I change course and uni I'll be on the new top-up fees system which defeats the object. I'll be in twice as much debt then lol. I could go to Liverpool or JMU or Man Met but I can't afford to start over.
then go and see an academic adivser. they'll listen to you and give you all the help you need. well. I doubt they'd pay for you to start over fresh in a new uni, but u know what I mean
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If you felt isolated from day one, why didn't you request to move?

Socialising is not just the responsibility of the departments but the students too.

I'm sorry you've fallen out of love with Keele; personally I've found it to be not what it's hyped up to be but that's partly due to my own inability and inertia to get off my arse and get involved.

I think littletinker has given the best advice, I really do hope you get it sorted.

Good luck xxx

(Original post by MrsMerton)
It is nice and leafy... that's what I fell for lol.

This is the problem I have personally with Keele. Other people love it and good for them, but they most probably lived with law students in halls, whereas I was on a floor with just medicine students, i felt isolated from day one, and with ONE seminar every TWO weeks, I couldn't (and still can't) get a network going. I personally feel its a very un-personal course. Compared to friends at Man Met, JMU, Durham and Lancaster, I've pulled the short straw. My mate at Durham LEFT Keele because it did her nut in so much, I just blatantly couldn't afford to start over.

Lucky her, she's at Durham... which is abit of a two-fingers to Keele lol.
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It *might* be possible for you to remain on this finance system if you change course/uni. I'm really not sure though, and like someone else said - go see an academic advisor!
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personally I've found it to be not what it's hyped up to be but that's partly due to my own inability and inertia to get off my arse and get involved.
Off topic but its because me and you never met properly! I'm the same with lack of ability to make myself do anything, even things I want to do like meet up with people.

Seriously, I've really liked Keele, but its not to do with the uni (I pretty much decided to quit from the very start of term 2, although that again isn't to do with the uni, its a personal decision) its the people, maybe good people get attracted to Keele, maybe Keele makes people friendly and want to know other people, or maybe its just luck with making friends, Keele is a good place to be IMO (minus the bubble thing that people experience, but shhhhh I don't feel it, or I like it, one of the two)
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(Original post by punkskamonkey)
(...) maybe good people get attracted to Keele, maybe Keele makes people friendly and want to know other people, or maybe its just luck with making friends, (...)
Maybe its the leafyness...
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Maybe its the leafyness...
Maybe its the squirrels...
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I have to agree with the above posts, see academic advice peeps, they will have much more of an idea about what you can do.

I have friends who do law (in 2nd year now) and they also are finding the course challenging-you aren't alone there! In my opinion Keele is a fantastic place, I love it to bits but on my course too I find my department lacking when it comes to helping students. (2 and half weeks and still waiting for an email back off a tutor regarding a pretty dam important essay due in at the end of april aint too great!)

I'm not doing as well as I should really be doing in my course but I'm having a good time and so marks aren't too much of a worry. So I suppose it depends on whether you are enjoying it more or feel that its more important to enjoy the place rather than the work. If your department is worrying you so much its affecting the everything else then maybe you should try and tell them that they don't offer enough support.

To all those who aren't at Keele yet, Keele IS fantastic, at any university you go to there will be parts of the course or points during the year where you feel a bit lost. All I can say to you guys, having 2yrs of Keele life behind me, is that YOU make the experience. You have the chance to have 3 of the best years of your life so get out there, make friends, join clubs, go out and have fun! Uni's not all about academic stuff its about developing as a person and having a great time!
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If it helps, email other Law schools such as Man Met and ask them if they would consider taking you on as a transfer. That way, you haven't wasted 2 yrs of your degree. If they are interested they will probably ask for a record of your results so far. I'm a Law student at Leeds, and I know a few ppl who have transferred unis and have been a lot happier and more comfortable in their new surroundings.
Hope it works out for you
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ahh i know macca i know


but its only cos the ***tardz rejected me macca hehe so fair play.

its a luvvly green campus uni. It would ave been perfect for me since i am 99.9% an erbivore.:turtle:
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