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    Hey everyone,
    I'm currently at the end of my first year of A levels (year 12) and it seems that everyone around me has more or less made their minds up about what they want to do at uni.

    I am interested in technology so I've been looking at computer science courses mainly and from what I have seen at open days and such, it looks like the kind of thing I would find interesting. Also the career opportunities are quite good with a CS degree.
    I'm really not sure though, I plan on continuing with physics, chemistry and maths in year 13, and I have absolutely no experience in Computer science so I'm very scared I will get there and decide it's not for me. Also I have no idea what I would put on my personal statement as I have no real experience with the subject. I'm not sure if I should do CS or if I should stick with chemistry which I also enjoy but maybe don't have quite as much interest in in the long term.

    Also, people that I've spoken to seem to have some stereotype in their heads about Computer Scientists, that they are not the kind of people who will be out partying and having fun. Is this at all true? I'm quite excited about the social aspect to university. Do you mostly socialise with people who you live with or people who are on your course at university?

    Sorry for the massive post and all the questions, thank you everyone!
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    Hey everyone,
    I'm currently at the end of my first year of A levels (year 12) and it seems that everyone around me has more or less made their minds up about what they want to do at uni.

    I am interested in technology so I've been looking at computer science courses mainly and from what I have seen at open days and such, it looks like the kind of thing I would find interesting. Also the career opportunities are quite good with a CS degree.
    I'm really not sure though, I plan on continuing with physics, chemistry and maths in year 13, and I have absolutely no experience in Computer science so I'm very scared I will get there and decide it's not for me. Also I have no idea what I would put on my personal statement as I have no real experience with the subject. I'm not sure if I should do CS or if I should stick with chemistry which I also enjoy but maybe don't have quite as much interest in in the long term.

    Also, people that I've spoken to seem to have some stereotype in their heads about Computer Scientists, that they are not the kind of people who will be out partying and having fun. Is this at all true? I'm quite excited about the social aspect to university. Do you mostly socialise with people who you live with or people who are on your course at university?

    Sorry for the massive post and all the questions, thank you everyone!
    If you like technology and think the computer science courses sound interesting then give it a go. Most people may have a bit of prior experience but nobody will be an expert (otherwise they wouldn't bother going to uni), so I wouldn't worry that much about it. If you think the courses sound good then you will most likely enjoy studying them, but even if you do decide that it's really not for you you can always switch to another course; it's not as difficult as it may sound. The personal statement is always a worry for student applying to uni. The fact that you study physics chemistry and maths is certainly not a problem, in fact most of the best universities require maths far more so than computing or other subjects. These will certainly not go against you, so I wouldn't worry about this. It's hard to say what you write about but if you want any advice send me a message and I'll try to help out.

    The social aspect of university is what you make of it; I know computer science students who go out nearly every night, but I also know compsci's who barely leave their bedrooms. If you're in halls then you'll most likely be out quite a bit, because there's so many people that somebody wants to go out almost every day of the week. You'll have coursework to do so you may have to take it easy at times, but it's important to make sure you make the most of all aspects of university . If you have any other questions feel free to message me...


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    There are lots of people who begin degrees with zero experience in the field. Loads of people on my course (signature) had never used a soldering iron before they started the degree. :P In the same way, I'm sure lots of people have never programmed Java before when they begin their CS degree.
 
 
 
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