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    I'm currently nearing the end of my first year as a Computer Science student and the truth is, I don't know if this degree is right for me or if this level of education is something I can handle. I currently have a couple of projects that are in before the end of the month, one a PHP and one a Java program. Truthfully I am struggling so much with the workload, deadlines and sheer understanding of how to do things in a syntax manner. At A Level I managed to achieve an A* for Computer Science and I enjoyed it and I thought I did rather well. However, this first year of uni has blown me away, it seems I can't get much done without Googling methods of doing various things. I feel in the deep end and even though my projects are not in until the end of this month my anxiety is keeping me up at night, forcing me to throw up and I can't eat.. it's getting bad. I just would like to know whether any of you think I should carry on, as I feel like I'm cheating myself for Googling for help when my project specifically requires me to do this by myself on the otherhand I have trouble figuring out what to do next. Overall I think this career path isn't right for me.. Have I wasted my time and money?
    Sorry for the rant, thanks for reading
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    (Original post by vapenation)
    I'm currently nearing the end of my first year as a Computer Science student and the truth is, I don't know if this degree is right for me or if this level of education is something I can handle. I currently have a couple of projects that are in before the end of the month, one a PHP and one a Java program. Truthfully I am struggling so much with the workload, deadlines and sheer understanding of how to do things in a syntax manner. At A Level I managed to achieve an A* for Computer Science and I enjoyed it and I thought I did rather well. However, this first year of uni has blown me away, it seems I can't get much done without Googling methods of doing various things. I feel in the deep end and even though my projects are not in until the end of this month my anxiety is keeping me up at night, forcing me to throw up and I can't eat.. it's getting bad. I just would like to know whether any of you think I should carry on, as I feel like I'm cheating myself for Googling for help when my project specifically requires me to do this by myself on the otherhand I have trouble figuring out what to do next. Overall I think this career path isn't right for me.. Have I wasted my time and money?
    Sorry for the rant, thanks for reading
    Googling is absolutely fine.

    University is about learning how to learn - you're not supposed to know everything up front.

    Have you spoken to your tutors about your projects and how you're coping? They should be your first point of contact.

    If your levels of anxiety are affecting your help then definitely speak to your student services team. There is probably counselling and other study support services available.

    Also rather than starting with google does your university have a subscription to lynda.com? Those are often a better starting point than whatever pops up on google. Speak to your library (especially your subject librarian) about how you can learn to research better.

    University has a TONNE of resources and help available - but it wont be handed to you on a plate you need to reach out and ask for support.
 
 
 
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