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    This also refers to loneliness whilst on the year abroad or placement year but basically I’m thinking of applying to university to do either a placement year or a year abroad, i can’t decide between the two but either way i’m so worried that after that year i’ll come back and have no friends as everyone else will have graduated or have established groups from first years. I want to enjoy uni and I want to make friends there but I’m worried that I shouldn’t put a year abroad or placement year option down if it means i’ll be alone when I come back. Also will I be completely alone on that year abroad/year in industry? I don’t want to get lonely then especially if i’m in another country. If anyone has experience with this year out pls reply I need to send I’m my application but i’m so stuck.
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    (Original post by sweetren)
    This also refers to loneliness whilst on the year abroad or placement year but basically I’m thinking of applying to university to do either a placement year or a year abroad, i can’t decide between the two but either way i’m so worried that after that year i’ll come back and have no friends as everyone else will have graduated or have established groups from first years. I want to enjoy uni and I want to make friends there but I’m worried that I shouldn’t put a year abroad or placement year option down if it means i’ll be alone when I come back. Also will I be completely alone on that year abroad/year in industry? I don’t want to get lonely then especially if i’m in another country. If anyone has experience with this year out pls reply I need to send I’m my application but i’m so stuck.
    Hey sweetren

    I am currently on a placement so hopefully I will be able to ease your worries a little!

    Firstly, if you are on a course which involves going on a placement/ year abroad then the likelihood is that your friends/coursemates will be too. So the majority of the friends you make will graduate at the same time as you! And even if some don't go on a placement/year abroad, they may end up graduating and getting a job in the city that your university is in.

    In relation to your point about potentially being lonely whilst out on placement/ year abroad, I think this will be very unlikely! Companies normally employ loads of interns every year so you will have plenty of opportunity to get to know new people and make new friends.

    Hope that has helped, let me know if you have any questions!

    Chris - NTU Rep

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