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    Hey, I'm trying to decide whether or not to take a gap year. I'm really keen to take a year off before uni and I have lots of plans for it, so I know if I did take a year year it'd be worthwhile. I'm just worried about being way older than everyone else when I do end up at uni, I'm already old for my year so I'd be a 20 year old first year and I'm worried I wouldn't connect with the other 18 year old first years. I normally find it difficult to get to know people younger than me because of the difference in maturity levels. Do you think this matters, or does everyone end up being pretty much as mature as everyone else? Has anyone done anything similar who can offer words of advice? Thanks!
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    Hey, I'm trying to decide whether or not to take a gap year. I'm really keen to take a year off before uni and I have lots of plans for it, so I know if I did take a year year it'd be worthwhile. I'm just worried about being way older than everyone else when I do end up at uni, I'm already old for my year so I'd be a 20 year old first year and I'm worried I wouldn't connect with the other 18 year old first years. I normally find it difficult to get to know people younger than me because of the difference in maturity levels. Do you think this matters, or does everyone end up being pretty much as mature as everyone else? Has anyone done anything similar who can offer words of advice? Thanks!
    I dont think it matters, many people end up taking gap years and a year or two difference wont really be noticeable
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    I'm on a gap year at the moment, although I'm not worried. 1-2 years is nothing, especially as there will be others who took gap years too.


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    there's plenty of people starting at 19, 20 and 21... I don't think it will make a huge difference, and you can make friends with people in other years as well!
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    I guarantee you no one will care.
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    Thanks everyone, that's really reassured me!
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    Nobody will even notice the difference. I went back to college at 22 and there were people there in their 30's/40's - you couple barely tell there was an age gap with most and everybody got on anyway
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    When you go to uni there will be mature students who will be older than you and no one will be able to tell unless you tell someone your age
 
 
 
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