I'm a first year student at KCL in London.
There are so many things I love about my course, I find it really interesting and do actually enjoy uni when in lectures and seminars... but the social side has been pretty unfulfilling.
My course is pretty much all International and people seem to stick to their own people without mixing so much. Additionally, I missed out on halls and am in a flatshare, which is one off the major problems because it means you lack community.
It's such a shame because it feels like everyone who has come to uni here either lives a home, or they have existing networks of friends and are not willing to be very open. I really have tried to forge stronger friendships by trying various societies and things but it's not easy by any means.
I'm even considering commuting from home at the moment because I just need a stronger support network and am really struggling!!
Things are made far harder by the fact I see my friends all having so much fun with their groups at campus uni and in halls; I know I shouldn't compare but I do. Part of me just wants the community they do...and I can't help but feel I may get it by transferring unis... I just don't know if I can take the isolation much longer.
I would love to hear if anyone else has experienced this.. or has any advice.. and please more than just joining societies because I have tried.
Thank you so much,
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