Hate having such a common name :(Watch
I know someone who goes by his nickname and introduces himself like that so worth a try
Going by a different name is fine, you can choose whatever name you'd like to be referred to as a nickname. I know a few people who had hard to pronounce names (they are Turkish) and they chose simpler names like "Melissa" at university and it worked out for them.
You put your birth name on the application, yes, but there's a "preferred name" option that you can enter the nickname in so that is what they will call you or you can personally make a request and they will use that name to refer to you.
My name is sarah. I hate it so much. And it's so difficult to be made into a nickname, I have found one and have introduced a few people to it but it's so hard for me to get people I currently know to go by my new preferred name.
I am thinking of doing this too. I have a horrible old fashioned name
Yeah I feel you. I haven't decided on a nickname yet though lol
Margaret. My grandma chose it
Oh, good luck in finding one, I can only think of marge atm lool