Hi, First year student here. I am studying at the University of East Anglia.
I came here for the course. I enjoy my course immensely but I don't particularly have much to say in terms of positives about my experiences at this university.
I am not from England (Northern Ireland) and I am finding it too much of a culture shock to be bothered with living here for an extended time period. The people in Southern England are reserved (almost aloof) and that is not something that I am used to, I also find it difficult to know what a person's true intentions are here because they don't make it quite clear. I generally find it quite hard to break into the English culture, I feel that they form cliques groups quickly and stick to their own people. Having Asbergers (although very mild, almost unrecognisable) makes this difficult to deal with.. not knowing a person's true intentions, for example, does not make life easy for me.
It is also quite expensive living here (I have to contend with paying £100 every six weeks to go home which is not something I would have to pay at home), living costs are higher; the local shop in the university is a rip off, they charge £3.50 for a Fillet Burger as an example - although this can be negated by going to the Tesco Express. One thing that I find irritating is the bus system, while it is fairly good they do not accept cash cards for payment so I have to take out £10 from the ATM machine every time I go on the bus. The Lower fees (£3,500 v £9,000) are something which are definitely enticing me to going back home.
I live on my own in an apartment which is exceedingly lonely, I don't have much fun living alone - it is not something that I am happy about/nor used to. I can cope with that for a while - just not two more years. Having no one to confide with is depressing.
Anyway, i'm not enthusiastic about being here - I don't necessarily think that it is the university that is the problem - it is more than likely not a good fit for me.
I am now looking into the possibility of transferring to either Queen's University/ Ulster in Northern Ireland but I am not sure if that is feasible? The course that I am doing is not available in Northern Ireland but I would be willing to change to a slightly different course in order to have the ability to go home.
I don't know if this is realistic? How do I go about doing this? Given my circumstances is it likely that Queen's etc would accept me? I think going back to Northern Ireland might make my situation slightly more bearable? I think having Asbergers and dealing with a different sort of culture is not going to work well.
Possibility of transferring next year?
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