Advice- considering switching uni at the end of second year? Watch
I've been out with the other students on my course and I get along with them but we don't have very much in common and I study in Scotland, so many weren't yet 18 at the start of the course. The only social activity on offer all year has been drinking and clubbing. There are societies for faith groups and sports, but I don't believe in God and I have a disability. The union tried to run pool tournaments for a while which I did participate in but they struggled to get players so now there are no more tournaments.
My course is the only one of it's kind at undergrad level in the UK. I could apply to another uni to do something in a related discipline and then go into this field at post-grad but ideally I want to stay here and complete this degree. I find the younger students fun to work with but I'm really struggling to relax outside of class. The town is much smaller than my home town, and there are no MeetUp groups in the area. I was on eharmony prior to coming here, and when I updated my location there were exactly 0 matches here. When the students go home, it becomes a ghost town. There's not much here, except for the uni.
Also, get a job near or in the uni, you can meet students and/or people from the town regularly and make friends like that maybe?
Hope that helped
Hi, I'm a 31 year old student and i've just finished the first year of a BSc. The course itself has been really interesting, i've enjoyed doing the work, and i've got A's and B's all year on my coursework
Can you really be guaranteed that any other uni would be different? The Mature Student society at my undergrad uni was populated by 25 year olds, stressing about how old they were. I was 44 at the time and I have to say that I only attended one of their meet-ups!
It would be a shame to abandon a course you enjoy and a potentially a good final result, purely on the (possibly erroneous) assumption that your social life would be better elsewhere for the next two years.
This is the main reason you're at uni. As this is the only course of its kind in the country, in your place, I'd make it the priority - especially as you're enjoying it and are obviously good at it. OK you're lonely, but that clearly isn't affecting your grades and it won't last forever. You only have two more years left - as a 31 year old, you know how fast those will go.
Sometimes I also just need adult conversation. As a child and a teenager I was always more interested in talking to adults than people my age so to be conversing almost exclusively with teenagers now is quite frustrating. They are a nice bunch, but mostly interested in getting drunk at the moment. The course I'm on also doesn't have any optional modules until the third year, so I won't meet students on other programmes until then.