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    Hey all, didnt know where to post this, so decided to put it in uni life.
    I am currently studying Computer Science at Aston and need advice
    I feel really depressed at my current uni for several reasons and want to switch. Here are a few:
    1) My best friend is leaving uni to go to another one. He is very hardworking and we do all our work together as he is also on my course, he is actually leaving for similar reasons which i highlight below
    2) Finding friends who do CS is hard as a lot of them are introverts and i dont party and i need someone i can work and revise with, especially for second year
    3) It seems like a good amount of the students dont give a crap and mess about, especially in labs, it gets on my nerves when i am there to study
    4) this basically means im screwed for second year, as we have 4 massive group projects, which counts for around half the second year mark. I have had a group project in the first term and i got paired with commuters who didnt work hard, they left all the work for me to do. All our groups are chosen at random next year, so im screwed. I dont want nearly 10% of my degree be determined by group work
    5) My uni are doing the strikes at the moment (i support it BTW, i am on the side of the lecturers and will support them) but the way its been handled is appalling, i do not know when lectures are on as there are so many mixed messages going around, and my lecturer is off for the next 3 weeks for the most content heavy module (Internet Computing) on my course and has not provided the demos for the lectures so i am finding it really hard to keep up with work and self teach. This has put me on breaking point and i do not know what to do
    6) I have had a great start to my uni studies and got a good 2:1 in my first term, i do not know if i can keep it up especially with the strikes going on and i feel like i want to go to a different uni for second year as i study hard, but it is not the right atmosphere for me

    Sorry this post is ranty, I just needed to pour my heart out.

    Thank you
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    I'm a fellow CS student and I can relate to alot of this. But I don't think you should switch universities.

    (Original post by asim1999)
    1) My best friend is leaving uni to go to another one. He is very hardworking and we do all our work together as he is also on my course, he is actually leaving for similar reasons which i highlight below
    I assume he's transferring to another university to do CS? What if you can't get into the same university as he gets into? What will you do if the course is worse at the new university you transfer to. Remember, the devil you know is better than the devil you don't.

    (Original post by asim1999)
    2) Finding friends who do CS is hard as a lot of them are introverts and i dont party and i need someone i can work and revise with, especially for second year
    Well what did you expect my man? Its computer science.. Of course the class is going to be full of introverted folk. They can be hard to make friends with if you don't find common grounds. Lots of them don't really like socialising. I accepted it and I befriended people from societies and other courses.

    (Original post by asim1999)
    3) It seems like a good amount of the students dont give a crap and mess about, especially in labs, it gets on my nerves when i am there to study
    This doesn't happen at my university. But I don't know what you mean when you say 'mess about' If its annoying you why not install the programming software on your laptop and work in the library? Good thing about CS is all lab work is done on the computer. You don't need any circuits or electrical equipment like you'd need in engineering.

    (Original post by asim1999)
    4) this basically means im screwed for second year, as we have 4 massive group projects, which counts for around half the second year mark. I have had a group project in the first term and i got paired with commuters who didnt work hard, they left all the work for me to do. All our groups are chosen at random next year, so im screwed. I dont want nearly 10% of my degree be determined by group work
    Ahh the perils of group work. I don't think this is exclusive to your university. At mine we have a robotics design project where we get allocated into a random group of 8 people to spend 200 hours building a robot. Sounds fun? Its one of the most difficult modules on my degree and everyone complains about it. Some groups have spent over 400 hours...

    (Original post by asim1999)
    5) My uni are doing the strikes at the moment (i support it BTW, i am on the side of the lecturers and will support them) but the way its been handled is appalling, i do not know when lectures are on as there are so many mixed messages going around, and my lecturer is off for the next 3 weeks for the most content heavy module (Internet Computing) on my course and has not provided the demos for the lectures so i am finding it really hard to keep up with work and self teach. This has put me on breaking point and i do not know what to do
    Same thing is happening at my university. The machine learning lecturer has decided he won't be teaching for the next 3 weeks. Imagine how horrible that will be; I'll have to self teach myself all those ML concepts which rely on complicated multivariable calculus and linear algebra.

    (Original post by asim1999)
    6) I have had a great start to my uni studies and got a good 2:1 in my first term, i do not know if i can keep it up especially with the strikes going on and i feel like i want to go to a different uni for second year as i study hard, but it is not the right atmosphere for me
    When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Remember you only have a couple years left. Its not forever.
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    (Original post by rickyrossman)
    I'm a fellow CS student and I can relate to alot of this. But I don't think you should switch universities.



    I assume he's transferring to another university to do CS? What if you can't get into the same university as he gets into? What will you do if the course is worse at the new university you transfer to. Remember, the devil you know is better than the devil you don't.


    Well what did you expect my man? Its computer science.. Of course the class is going to be full of introverted folk. They can be hard to make friends with if you don't find common grounds. Lots of them don't really like socialising. I accepted it and I befriended people from societies and other courses.



    This doesn't happen at my university. But I don't know what you mean when you say 'mess about' If its annoying you why not install the programming software on your laptop and work in the library? Good thing about CS is all lab work is done on the computer. You don't need any circuits or electrical equipment like you'd need in engineering.



    Ahh the perils of group work. I don't think this is exclusive to your university. At mine we have a robotics design project where we get allocated into a random group of 8 people to spend 200 hours building a robot. Sounds fun? Its one of the most difficult modules on my degree and everyone complains about it. Some groups have spent over 400 hours...



    Same thing is happening at my university. The machine learning lecturer has decided he won't be teaching for the next 3 weeks. Imagine how horrible that will be; I'll have to self teach myself all those ML concepts which rely on complicated multivariable calculus and linear algebra.


    When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Remember you only have a couple years left. Its not forever.
    Cheers buddy, thanks for the reply
    I will address the points you made one by one
    1) I dont need to transfer to the same uni he does, its just that him transferring gives me doubts about my future at this uni
    2) Problem is that i need people who i can work and revise with, problem is that my only friend who is the same is leaving and the other students are not like that
    3) I do not have a laptop, I have a gaming desktop in my uni accommodation on campus. Problem is that a lot of software we use is a pain in the backside when importing and exporting files, so i basically am forced to attend labs to complete work
    4)true, i am dreading it though
    5) Same, but it is just the poor organisation of it all, i am left in the dark and it is getting on my nerves and is adding to my stress and depression
    6) Thanks, i am trying to keep up with work as best i can, it it just about maintaining the good start i have in the first term, but it is getting tougher each day
 
 
 

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