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    I've applied for deferred entry for my various undergraduate choices.
    I'll be aged 21 upon matriculation and will 22 in the Dec of the first year.

    As such, I'll be a few years older than the average student but considerably younger than the typical mature student, I imagine.

    Has anyone else started University in their 20s? Is it as awkward as I imagine?
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    You'll be 3 years older than most new undergrads. It may disappoint you to know that you'll look the same as them. I doubt anyone will even notice you're (very slightly) older, unless you go around making a big deal of it.

    Nobody will grill you on your age. It won't be in the slightest bit awkward unless you make it so yourself.
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    Actually not awkward at all, you don't have to reveal your age to anyone and you'll find that a lot f people are actually older too, thirties, fifties and even older.
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    As long as you're friendly to them,nobody would care much about your age.
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    I'll be 20 when I start, just remember there will be others your age as well probably thinking the same thing
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    Hi I was 24 when I started uni so a few years older than yourself. I can't say it was a massive deal it's only a big deal if you make it one and I go to a uni that really doesn't have many mature students. I've only ever met one undergraduate who was older than me (27). I have always had friends of different ages, and worked with people of all ages so I can pretty much slot in anywhere it's all about people's character rather than age.The only thing I really didn't like was that some of the younger students had the tendency to cling onto the first people they saw and act like they'd been best friends forever. For me I like to actually build connections which doesn't really work well here sometimes as groups can form very quickly. Also I'm not really into the party scene but there is plenty to do outside of that and lots to get involved in.

    Did you have any specific concerns about starting uni at 21?
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    You'll be 3 years older than most new undergrads. It may disappoint you to know that you'll look the same as them. I doubt anyone will even notice you're (very slightly) older, unless you go around making a big deal of it.

    Nobody will grill you on your age. It won't be in the slightest bit awkward unless you make it so yourself.
    This is very true. Most people won't know until you tell them. Not a single person ever knew until I told them that I was 6 years older than them no one has ever guessed either.

    And yeah no one is going to be mean about it. At worst it may become a bit of banter.
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    You'll be 3 years older than most new undergrads. It may disappoint you to know that you'll look the same as them. I doubt anyone will even notice you're (very slightly) older, unless you go around making a big deal of it.

    Nobody will grill you on your age. It won't be in the slightest bit awkward unless you make it so yourself.
    Fair enough.

    (Original post by Ohtereeitsfarah)
    Actually not awkward at all, you don't have to reveal your age to anyone and you'll find that a lot f people are actually older too, thirties, fifties and even older.
    That's true. But I thought that the other mature students would either not socialise much because they have families and things or would together but there's even more of an age difference .

    (Original post by Skill Twix)
    As long as you're friendly to them,nobody would care much about your age.
    Thanks

    (Original post by lotusbloom)
    This is very true. Most people won't know until you tell them. Not a single person ever knew until I told them that I was 6 years older than them no one has ever guessed either.

    And yeah no one is going to be mean about it. At worst it may become a bit of banter.
    Oh cool. A personal experience. Thanks .

    (Original post by lotusbloom)
    Hi I was 24 when I started uni so a few years older than yourself. I can't say it was a massive deal it's only a big deal if you make it one and I go to a uni that really doesn't have many mature students. I've only ever met one undergraduate who was older than me (27). I have always had friends of different ages, and worked with people of all ages so I can pretty much slot in anywhere it's all about people's character rather than age.The only thing I really didn't like was that some of the younger students had the tendency to cling onto the first people they saw and act like they'd been best friends forever. For me I like to actually build connections which doesn't really work well here sometimes as groups can form very quickly. Also I'm not really into the party scene but there is plenty to do outside of that and lots to get involved in.

    Did you have any specific concerns about starting uni at 21?
    Thanks.

    A few concerns. I live independently and this is my 2nd year of doing so. The places I've chosen so far tend to have post graduate students and young professionals. I get on well with my housemates. But they've matured. I think the fear is that I'll stick out like a sore thumb compared to the fresh faced and excited 18 year old kids who are glad for their taste of independence.
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    I'm 28, married with 3 kids. The people I've 'clicked' with at uni are 18 and 19 plus one 22yr old. I love them and we have a fab time together. It's nice being able to talk about things other than my family for a change!
    Don't worry, it's not awkward in the slightest


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    I've started this year at 20(will be 21 next week). Most people dont notice the age gap! one thing that is hard is sharing halls with messy 18 year olds that do not know how to clean up after themselves, so I end up doing more than my fair share! You learn a surprising amount about housework in just a few years!! If you have been out of education during these last years, you may find you have less mental capacity. I cannot study as much as I could at A levels. I can get around 6-7 hours done a day, but used to be able to get 9 hours/day done during A levels. But I am getting better so maybe in the long run this won't be a disadvantage!
 
 
 
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