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    I'm doing a very intensive course (engineering related) and upon a prolonged session of reflecting on how the past three years have gone. I have realised that I have blown it, or atleast, I have been forced to blow it and not really enjoy it. Anyone else feel this way?

    I am not really a part of clubbing sort of person so house parties and clubs didn't appeal so me and so I didn't realise socialise as much as the rest. This coupled with the fact that I was consistently being raped by work from my course meant that I've had a pretty poor uni experience and don't have any great fond memories to look back to when I go into the world of employment. I don't have many photos either that I could show my future family or partners or whatever.

    My advice to anyone starting uni next year, or who is in their first year: don't hold back - enjoy it. Join societies. Have a laugh. Even if it means doing something you don't naturally like doing i.e. drinking or clubbing, at least do it a few times with people who you enjoy spending time with. Play an instrument? Join a band and the live music society! Fancy photography? Then join the photography society. Try new things. Try dancing, singing, whatever, just do it! Just get off your arse and make the most while you're here, otherwise you'll end up a lonely, regretful old sod like me who'll have nothing to look back to!
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    Also an engineering student, and agree with this fully.

    There are also plenty of people on my course who managed to achieve both first class degrees and have excellent social lives (and hence, walk into extremely high paying graduate jobs, many having multiple offers too).

    It sort of hurts looking back on my time at university realising that pretty much everyone else had a much better time than me, and got much more out of their university experience than me. Some people, like me, manage to let the work bog them down whereas others just seem to be able to get on with it, do it in plenty of time and then go out and have fun. And in doing this they manage to build the skills that make them valuable to employers, too ... whereas I'm still at university when I shouldn't be, and don't have anything lined up yet for when I graduate.

    So yeah, I'd definitely echo your advice!
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    Next year is my final year but I don't regret the last 2 years, I wasn't sociable at school, I'm not that sociable at uni, I didn't go clubbing then and I don't go clubbing now, I don't try to be someone I'm not.
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    Lol at you equating having a good time to clubbing / drinking.

    Don't need to waste £9000 per year plus accomodation to do that.

    University is a place where knowledge is power. Clubbing and drinking is idiocy. It's a disgrace that such stupidity thrives at a place of knowledge and academia. All the great teachers of the past would be disappointed at what is happening.

    While everyone wastes their time clubbing I'm making strong gainz and becoming a tank (srs).
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    Completely agree with above. Going out of your comfort zone doesn't mean you have to go out and get drunk every weekend

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    (Original post by Elelia)
    Completely agree with above. Going out of your comfort zone doesn't mean you have to go out and get drunk every weekend

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    This. I will admot that there isn't a whole lot to do at uni outside of drinking but if you look hard enough there's still a decent amount of societies/activities/people who despise the student drinking culture.
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    Was it Imperial?

    University should be about making the most of all the opportunities given to you, not just academic ones. Your fault.

    Sure, get a good degree but also get the extras in order to make yourself employable at the end. A degree is not enough now.
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    I want to do well academically when I start next year BUT I'm not prepared to sell my soul to my degree. I know the course I've chosen will be tough and so will the career that follows but ultimately I still want to have an outside life. If I went in with an exceptionally focused mindset I would regret it too - I can see what the OP is saying
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    Some people change when they get older hey.... it can be u start out as a lawyer student, and then because of personal mental growth, 3 years later u suddenly want to do psycholigy !!!
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    Have to say you did the right thing, stick to studying, theres plenty of time to enjoy going out....you didn't miss much.
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    Lol at you equating having a good time to clubbing / drinking.

    Don't need to waste £9000 per year plus accomodation to do that.

    University is a place where knowledge is power. Clubbing and drinking is idiocy. It's a disgrace that such stupidity thrives at a place of knowledge and academia. All the great teachers of the past would be disappointed at what is happening.

    While everyone wastes their time clubbing I'm making strong gainz and becoming a tank (srs).
    Clubbing is just one example. Read the last paragraph, it's about enjoying activities at uni in general.
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    Love your advice, straight to the point!
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    I definitely didn't get involved in enough societies when I started uni, and my course is huge which makes it really difficult to meet people (you're not just going to start a conversation with someone in the middle of a 200 person lecture!). But thankfully, I got a part time job at a cinema and that is where I made most of my friends in this city and it's been great! Would hate to think what my uni years would have been like if I hadn't done that!
 
 
 
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