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    Hi, I'm six weeks into my first year at Manchester Metropolitan University. I'm currently studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng) and, frankly, have had an awful start to University. The first accommodation I moved into was with nine other people, who all turned out to be drug users. So all regularly had drugs present in the kitchen, in their rooms and were often still doing them late into the morning at about five or six. As you can probably imagine they were extremely loud so sleep was near impossible. After two weeks of trying to see if this would change (it didn't and still hasn't even now) I changed accommodation to somewhere quiet. I'm living with three other people now, all girls (I'm a guy). It's much quieter here so I can get sleep and work done when needs be, but having missed out on fresher's week and that key period at the beginning, I aren't close with these flatmates at all. We talk, but it's just pleasantries really. So obviously this hasn't been the start at University I was expecting, quite the opposite really. Recently, I've also been feeling like my course doesn't really interest me. I chose it because I thought it would open up good career prospects and pay well, whilst hoping it would start to become interesting. I've found that the course is HEAVILY Physics based and, as I haven't done Physics at A-level, I'm finding it really difficult to understand the Electrical side of things and really am struggling to even enjoy the course. In lectures, I'm just sort of there. I don't feel motivated or interested. The lecturers are all assuming we have an A-level understanding of Physics. I don't, yet have been accepted on to the MEng course; I was thinking that with it being a Metropolitan, they must teach a lot of the basics of the Electrical side of it, why else would they accept someone with only a GCSE understanding of Physics onto the course?Anyway, recently I've been toying with the idea of dropping out of University and trying again next year. I originally wanted to take a gap year because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a career, but was talked out of it by family who said that a gap year would look terrible on a CV. I'm thinking maybe take the rest of the year out and decide, properly, what I want to do with my life career-wise. I've spoken to my family about it and they're all of mixed opinions on it: my Mam just wants me to come home, but I think this is more for her than myself - my Dad understands where I'm coming from but thinks I should stick it out until Christmas time, and if nothing's changed by then, THEN drop out and reassess - my Sister wants me to stick it out, would be disappointed if I dropped out but if I decided it's what I truly wanted then would support me - my Brother-In-Law is very much the same as my Sister. I'm struggling to make a decision on what's best for myself and my future, whilst not disappointing everybody in my family or seeming like a failure. At times it gets me to the point of tears because nothing has worked out for me so far at University. Any thoughts from anyone? :/
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    Tell your tutor you're struggling because of your lack of a level understanding for a start.

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    It may be time to disregard what your family think and just go with what you think is best. Sometime family can be helpful if they can offer constructive advice, or you just want another opinion, but this is a decision only you can make.

    If you dropped out now, you could spend the next year learning Physics in your spare time, so that you're better prepared for when your course starts in September. Does your course offer a foundation year?
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    Oh Love, I just want to give you a big hug! I know how hard I found leaving home and starting Uni and your start has been horrific! If you're sure it's not the course for you - and feel you're drowning now - then unlikely to improve. The physics will only get harder and you can either drop out now and go use this year to improve your physics if the MEng is what you want to do - but you'll be spending a few years on this course so make sure you're engaged enough of you'll end up with a crap class of degree that won't make you attractive, your class as well as subject are both important.
    I do some recruitment and a gap year makes no difference to me, but what you do in that year does. Don't make your parents have sleepless nights worrying about you, have a plan for your year off - be it working (have some viable job opportunities in place), or studying or travelling or volunteering....have a point to your year off, and discuss with your parents. They want the best for you, but it is easier to be in the right flat and to go to Freshers with a good group. Discuss with your tutor & advice centre. Gx
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    Hi, I'm six weeks into my first year at Manchester Metropolitan University. I'm currently studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng) and, frankly, have had an awful start to University. The first accommodation I moved into was with nine other people, who all turned out to be drug users. So all regularly had drugs present in the kitchen, in their rooms and were often still doing them late into the morning at about five or six. As you can probably imagine they were extremely loud so sleep was near impossible. After two weeks of trying to see if this would change (it didn't and still hasn't even now) I changed accommodation to somewhere quiet. I'm living with three other people now, all girls (I'm a guy). It's much quieter here so I can get sleep and work done when needs be, but having missed out on fresher's week and that key period at the beginning, I aren't close with these flatmates at all. We talk, but it's just pleasantries really. So obviously this hasn't been the start at University I was expecting, quite the opposite really. Recently, I've also been feeling like my course doesn't really interest me. I chose it because I thought it would open up good career prospects and pay well, whilst hoping it would start to become interesting. I've found that the course is HEAVILY Physics based and, as I haven't done Physics at A-level, I'm finding it really difficult to understand the Electrical side of things and really am struggling to even enjoy the course. In lectures, I'm just sort of there. I don't feel motivated or interested. The lecturers are all assuming we have an A-level understanding of Physics. I don't, yet have been accepted on to the MEng course; I was thinking that with it being a Metropolitan, they must teach a lot of the basics of the Electrical side of it, why else would they accept someone with only a GCSE understanding of Physics onto the course?Anyway, recently I've been toying with the idea of dropping out of University and trying again next year. I originally wanted to take a gap year because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a career, but was talked out of it by family who said that a gap year would look terrible on a CV. I'm thinking maybe take the rest of the year out and decide, properly, what I want to do with my life career-wise. I've spoken to my family about it and they're all of mixed opinions on it: my Mam just wants me to come home, but I think this is more for her than myself - my Dad understands where I'm coming from but thinks I should stick it out until Christmas time, and if nothing's changed by then, THEN drop out and reassess - my Sister wants me to stick it out, would be disappointed if I dropped out but if I decided it's what I truly wanted then would support me - my Brother-In-Law is very much the same as my Sister. I'm struggling to make a decision on what's best for myself and my future, whilst not disappointing everybody in my family or seeming like a failure. At times it gets me to the point of tears because nothing has worked out for me so far at University. Any thoughts from anyone? :/
    You are only six months in. You have paid for the term now, so theres no harm giving it at least another month.

    Weve had all the threads and the same answers for people that havent made friends. You ahve to make the effort, join societies etc. With a student house like that its not going to turn into lifelong friends so you are stuck with coursemates, societies and whoever you can socialise with.

    Just be honest with yourself. If its not the course for you, then its not the course for you. Much smarter to bail and try again next year. Different course, maybe a resit or course with a foundation year, different uni.

    Financially a full degree is going to be 3 years or 9 semesters.
    At the moment you have only paid for 1, so it makes sense if its not for you to cut your losses and research like mad for next year.

    You shuldnt have to persuade your relatives, Its your life and will be your debt. As long as you do the reserach and make an informed decision for yourself , then you will have no regrets. If you cnat id a course that you wnat to go on, then get a job and wait till you find the right one.
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    (Original post by City1212)
    Hi, I'm six weeks into my first year at Manchester Metropolitan University. I'm currently studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng) and, frankly, have had an awful start to University. The first accommodation I moved into was with nine other people, who all turned out to be drug users. So all regularly had drugs present in the kitchen, in their rooms and were often still doing them late into the morning at about five or six. As you can probably imagine they were extremely loud so sleep was near impossible. After two weeks of trying to see if this would change (it didn't and still hasn't even now) I changed accommodation to somewhere quiet. I'm living with three other people now, all girls (I'm a guy). It's much quieter here so I can get sleep and work done when needs be, but having missed out on fresher's week and that key period at the beginning, I aren't close with these flatmates at all. We talk, but it's just pleasantries really. So obviously this hasn't been the start at University I was expecting, quite the opposite really. Recently, I've also been feeling like my course doesn't really interest me. I chose it because I thought it would open up good career prospects and pay well, whilst hoping it would start to become interesting. I've found that the course is HEAVILY Physics based and, as I haven't done Physics at A-level, I'm finding it really difficult to understand the Electrical side of things and really am struggling to even enjoy the course. In lectures, I'm just sort of there. I don't feel motivated or interested. The lecturers are all assuming we have an A-level understanding of Physics. I don't, yet have been accepted on to the MEng course; I was thinking that with it being a Metropolitan, they must teach a lot of the basics of the Electrical side of it, why else would they accept someone with only a GCSE understanding of Physics onto the course?Anyway, recently I've been toying with the idea of dropping out of University and trying again next year. I originally wanted to take a gap year because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a career, but was talked out of it by family who said that a gap year would look terrible on a CV. I'm thinking maybe take the rest of the year out and decide, properly, what I want to do with my life career-wise. I've spoken to my family about it and they're all of mixed opinions on it: my Mam just wants me to come home, but I think this is more for her than myself - my Dad understands where I'm coming from but thinks I should stick it out until Christmas time, and if nothing's changed by then, THEN drop out and reassess - my Sister wants me to stick it out, would be disappointed if I dropped out but if I decided it's what I truly wanted then would support me - my Brother-In-Law is very much the same as my Sister. I'm struggling to make a decision on what's best for myself and my future, whilst not disappointing everybody in my family or seeming like a failure. At times it gets me to the point of tears because nothing has worked out for me so far at University. Any thoughts from anyone? :/
    Hi,

    Sorry to hear that you are not enjoying your course and that you have had problems with your accommodation.

    Have you tried to speak to your Student Support Officer? If you have doubts about your course they will be happy to discuss them with you in confidence. There are a number of options available to you which they will be able to advise you of. The Student Support Officers for the Faculty of Science and Engineering are Naomi Buckley and Emma Taylor and they can be contacted at 0161 247 1513 or [email protected].

    Alternatively, the Student Union Advice Centre can also be a great place to discuss any issues. They can be contacted at [email protected] or 0161 247 6533. You can also drop in and see them in person during their opening hours, details of which can be found at https://www.theunionmmu.org/your-advice-centre/.

    I hope this helps.

    Best wishes,
    Rebecca
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    I started MMU this year as well. I've played rugby all my life but was injuried for the trials and the initiation ceremony put me off as well. My flat has 10 girls and 3 other guys so it's a bit meh. No one watches sport or anything.

    I started playing football in some campus league thing on a Wednesday which has helped, no initiation and I've decided to play rugby at weekends at home again (I only live 30 mins away on the train) so I've managed to sort a few things out. Societies are probably the easiest way of meeting people so maybe give that a try? Not sure if you can still join though...

    If you don't like it it's pointless. The uni can come on here and give you people to speak to but you know what they'll say. I'd probably give it till Christmas at this stage given where we are in the year, and if things haven't improved by then you need to do what's right for you.
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    Since then uni replied and is on here the initiation thing has annoyed me so much. I heard what was coming and I'd never embarrass myself like that. I've played 14 years of rugby, played for my county and me 3 other lads have been put off by it.

    "Welcome parties". Sure.
 
 
 
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