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    (Original post by OxideStation)
    Hello! (: I'll try cut to the chase as I'm sure you're all busy people with better things to do! =P

    So recently I applied to uni for CompSci (the subject I'm passionate about; I love programming and hardware etc. and want to go into soft dev at any rate or something related) and, as you do, did my research and had a good shop around, going to 8 open days and weighing my choices up; gotten offers from York, Birmingham, Southampton and Sheffield (which I'm pretty relieved about ofc!) (also Cambridge which I applied to more for a laugh at the suggestion of mates and just went along to interview but I'm not keen on their course haha, not to mention most people I met there were too pompous/unsociable for my liking! Maybe got an offer because I go to a crappy comp school heh... either way nothing against the place or people at all, just doesn't look like my cup of tea).

    York seems like the place that'd overall be the most worthwhile for me; I love the town, and the uni campus seems really nice and the extracurricular stuff yadda yadda, but also the course best suits me in terms of teaching style and structure, choice of options and modules pertaining to my interests and flexibility/variety etc. (and the master's specialism), just looks like I'd get a lot out of it personally. However I'm still weighing it up a bit vs. my other offers and basically just trying to make sure it's the best choice and I'm not passing up something "better" (which I appreciate boils down to being wholly subjective, and they're all great unis).

    In short (I've rambled enough xD), would studying CompSci at York (applied for a year in industry and a masters in Embedded Systems as that's the specialism that interests me most) be a bit of a "waste" vs. going to Southampton, Birmingham or Sheffield (or is the course all-in-all just as good from what you can see/have heard through the grapevine, regardless of league tables and such buggery, and it'd be a worthwhile investment)? I don't *think* so from my research and I'm probably just second-guessing myself needlessly here (it seems to have a really good reputation for CompSci and grad prospects so I think I'm safe haha; I'm not planning on raking in big money at some prestigious bank in the City anyway, not about that life); just wanna make sure I make a solid/informed decision.

    Thanks in advance for any possible two cents!
    I'd seriously reconsider Cambridge if I was in your position, having Cambridge CS graduate on your cv is gold.
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    (Original post by OxideStation)
    I see you're studying CompSci yourself mate; hope you're having a good time and best of luck with it all!

    I appreciate your advice and know it's with good intentions, but I've already given Cambridge more than enough consideration and as I stated before have concluded I'd definitely rather do one of the courses at one of the other places I listed (for a multitude of reasons... I could write you a whole essay but I imagine you'd like me to spare you the time haha). Don't get me wrong, Cambridge's course looks excellent as you'd expect from an elite university, but at the end of the day the place's prestige alone isn't enough to sway me into spending a few years of my life studying there; just don't feel it's worthwhile for me and my personal interests in the field, educational preferences, career/industry goals, personality, etc. etc. Leave the places for the people who truly want to go innit?

    Once again though, I value all constructive input so cheers for taking the time to reply! (: (And thank you to whoever cast a vote in the poll! =P York remains my current #1 choice but I'm still considering Southampton alongside it; better make up my mind soon. =P).
    No worries, I'm sure you're making the right decision if you've given it that much thought, I'll vote Sheffield for you, they've got a student run software company.

    I tried applying for them, but as I'm a mature student with relatively old academic experience I wasn't successful.
 
 
 
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