(Original post by dreamqueen)
The issue of exam results is mainly a lack of any explanation regarding what they are looking for, rather than a lack of interest on my part. For example I did badly on what I thought was my best paper, one I worked very hard for, and I was predicted a 1st - I don't see the point of working like that if it's not going to pay off.
Sadly, this won't change unless you're planning on changing course - I fear it's the nature of English courses and I found myself nodding in agreement at this bit, as I can completely understand your frustration (I've just finished an English-based degree at Exeter). So transferring to UCL won't help you there. I've found that how well you do on a particular exam seems to have little to do with how much you understand, how much you enjoy the module and how hard you revise - it has more to do with who's marking your essay and what sort of mood they're in! Equally, by the nature of an English degree, the marking criteria are always going to be vague.
I also completely understand when you say about clubbing and drinking - I joined the Classics Society at Exeter because they promised several non-drinking based activities, such as putting on a play (which never happened...), only to find that most of their activities were more bacchanal than I had expected. Shame really, and I know all too well how out of the loop it makes you feel (I hate clubbing too).
However, there really are loads of societies out there who aren't into that kind of thing, even if it doesn't feel like it. I was part of a gardening project with GreenSoc at Exeter for a bit (had to quit because of insane workload) and they were all vegetarian or vegan and most of them were teetotal as well, meaning socialising with them was a totally different experience. Made me feel like the sinful one
Plus there are choirs, university newspapers, and various other societies whose social experiences aren't based around drinking. At Exeter we have a chocolate society, so as you can imagine, only chocolate-based beverages are allowed
Hang in there and it will probably get better, as long as you make the effort socially and persevere this issue with your tutor - it's always worth raising things you're unhappy with. "Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change." (Doesn't sound very cheerful but it's true! Ah, André Gide, how we love you