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    I have an offer from LSE, which I want to accept. I've lived in America for the last 6 years and I took my IGCSEs and AS Levels a year earlier than the majority of people do, so I'm 16 now and will be 17 when I start university. I'm in England now doing my A2s.

    Should I go a year early or should I do something else? Thanks
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      That's hardcore. Do you think you'd be ready to go to university at 17? It's been done before, but I can't help but feel that if I'd done that I'd be even less prepared than I was at 18, if that's possible :p:
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      Personally I would take a year out as it might put a bit of strain on your social life. Obviously it depends on who you make friends with and what you like to do, but you might find lot of people will enjoy going out to pubs and clubs which of course you won't be old enough to go to for another year.

      I wouldn't let that be the only thing you base your decision on, but it's something to think about.
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      My year at school took our A-Levels and GCSEs a year early, and we've all waited the extra year because we were worried we wouldn't be able to fit in properly (different housing, not able to go clubbing etc). And we felt too young and not ready. So it's probably down to your personality, and whether you could handle it. What's important to you about the uni experience?
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      I personally wouldn't have felt ready at 16/17 years old, but you should do what's right for you. You might find it hard sometimes, when your flatmates or coursemates are going out and you are too young to get into clubs.
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      Depends. Do you have a very clear career goal? If you don't already live in London, do you really want to move there? If you don't have a proper reason to do it, a gap year wouldn't hurt.
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      Is it possible to defer the offer?
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      I live in London now and I have a clear career goal. It's probably possible to defer the offer but I don't know what to do.
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      You should be able to defer
      Its a great honour to be offered a place at 17.
      My friend I hang out with is 17, shes great, but she can't go on many nights and I know she sometimes does feel left out. Though she does go SU with us.
      She likes to study a lot anyway, so I don't think its effected her.
      Since fees aren't changing anytime soon, theres not really much rush to get to Uni a year early.
      It's about experience too.
      And being ready..I'm re-doing my first year and at 19 I only just feel ready to not live at home. Last year at 18, I was a mess.

      That's just me personally. I think a year off may give you a chance to grow up and prepare yourself, moving away and Uni is a big change, and being 18 and being able to socialise to the full extent does make it a bit more comfortable to settle in than if you couldn't! x
     
     
     
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