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    Basically, I have completed all my GCSEs now and I have applied to two colleges for A Levels. One is the sixth form college attached to my secondary school and the other is a college about half an hour away from my house on the bus. I am really stuck for which one I should enrol for on results day in August. I know the teachers I will have if I stay at my sixth form with school, I get on with them and know them well and have already established good relationships with them. I can do the courses that I want to do there, the class sizes are smaller (something I benefit from) and it is very close to my house. However, the other college offers a wider range of courses, lots more people and a fresh start. My only concerns are that I wouldn't have the same relationships with teachers as I would if I stayed at school and that the bus pass is ridiculously expensive. However, I am currently 'in' (on the outskirts so to speak) of a friendship group who are all staying at my schools sixth form, and they are all going really downhill along the drugs route. I've never touched a drug in my life and don't intend to but I feel like the older they get, the more they'll go out and the more left out I'll feel.

    So basically, I'd just like to know whether you think it's best to start somewhere new where I do not know anyone, being in bigger classes and where I might struggle to find friends/good teachers that I get on with or to stay at my schools sixth form which is easily accessible, I have great relationships with the teachers and love the courses available but aren't with the group of friends I fit in with at all?

    Sorry if this is at all confusing and thankyou!
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    I think you should do what feels right deep inside. Are the people in the friend group really your friends, or are they just hanging out with you and being friends with each other? Do you really really want to stay with them even if you feel like an outsider and they are already deep in the drug world?
    I'd advise you to go to the other college unless you are absolutely sure that you want to spend your whole time in college with those friends. If friendships start crumbling in the next few years, It won't be very pleasant to see/meet them every day at school, which will happen if you choose the local sixth-form. I think you could make some friends in the college even if you don't know anyone in there if you aren't an extremely unsocial person.

    Sorry if this was confusing, your post was indeed a bit confusing so I don't know if I got anything right, but feel free to correct me if I have terribly misunderstood something
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    Thank you! No I understand you completely, you seem to have understood what I was trying to say
    Yes, what you said does make it a lot clearer in my head, I think the main thing for me is the teachers as they're so friendly and I'm really close with them at my local sixth form and if I go to the other college, I won't know them at all (I know I'll have to move on someday) and that's what's pulling me back to the local sixth form in all honesty! Thankyou though :p:)
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