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    I started at KCL for Law in Sept 2017 and was given the £15k law scholarship. I left in Nov 2017 due to struggling with mental health, being away from home was so hard, the course was so tough and I just couldn't handle it all at the time. So I reapplied for Sept 2018 at LSE, Warwick and Birmingham. I got offers for all and KCL said I could come back next year if I wanted.

    The thing is, I only applied to LSE to fill up a space and to see if I'd get in (kind of an ego thing since I didn't apply last year) because at that point I was so done with living out for uni, I just wanted to stay at home with my family and study so I was deadset on Birmingham or Warwick. All this time I've settled with the fact I will study at home and it really made me feel better and comforted me a lot. Having your family with you, especially when you have very bad anxiety, and studying a course like law, makes everything so much easier. I was dead set on it!!

    But now that I've actually got an offer from LSE for law I'm shocked. Like how can I reject this???? Now I can't help thinking maybe it will be different this time if I choose my accommodation and having had a taster of the LLB at KCL I'll be a little more prepared. Idk I'm just very confused. My mum is totally against me moving out again after last time because she knows I struggle with mental health and she wants me close to her whereas my dad just wants me to not regret giving up a great opportunity and he just wants me to do everything I can to have an amazing career and he feels if I choose Birmingham > LSE/KCL I'm really not opening myself up for what the world could offer.

    Am I just letting the prestige of LSE get the best of me like some sort of superiority complex? Like if I do end up at Bham/Warwick will I always think "I got a place at LSE."
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    (Original post by OkashiAddict)
    I started at KCL for Law in Sept 2017 and was given the £15k law scholarship. I left in Nov 2017 due to struggling with mental health, being away from home was so hard, the course was so tough and I just couldn't handle it all at the time. So I reapplied for Sept 2018 at LSE, Warwick and Birmingham. I got offers for all and KCL said I could come back next year if I wanted.

    The thing is, I only applied to LSE to fill up a space and to see if I'd get in (kind of an ego thing since I didn't apply last year) because at that point I was so done with living out for uni, I just wanted to stay at home with my family and study so I was deadset on Birmingham or Warwick. All this time I've settled with the fact I will study at home and it really made me feel better and comforted me a lot. Having your family with you, especially when you have very bad anxiety, and studying a course like law, makes everything so much easier. I was dead set on it!!

    But now that I've actually got an offer from LSE for law I'm shocked. Like how can I reject this???? Now I can't help thinking maybe it will be different this time if I choose my accommodation and having had a taster of the LLB at KCL I'll be a little more prepared. Idk I'm just very confused. My mum is totally against me moving out again after last time because she knows I struggle with mental health and she wants me close to her whereas my dad just wants me to not regret giving up a great opportunity and he just wants me to do everything I can to have an amazing career and he feels if I choose Birmingham > LSE/KCL I'm really not opening myself up for what the world could offer.

    Am I just letting the prestige of LSE get the best of me like some sort of superiority complex? Like if I do end up at Bham/Warwick will I always think "I got a place at LSE."
    Then go to Warwick. Perfectly good university. You could then do a masters at LSE. Your mental health is important . It sounds like you still have issues and they won't be far below the surface.
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    Yet another of my *shrug* replies

    Mental health is important. You can go to the best uni in the world and still have a terrible time with your studies because of it. Go to the uni where you'd feel that you would have a good support network. That includes proximity and access to your family.

    Also, do be aware of the fact that the 'downgrade' from LSE to Warwick is far smaller than the downgrade from LSE to Birmingham. But then again, if you're moving away from home (which I'm presuming is in Birmingham?) to go to uni, you might as well go to the best course you can get yourself on to.
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    Yet another of my *shrug* replies

    Mental health is important. You can go to the best uni in the world and still have a terrible time with your studies because of it. Go to the uni where you'd feel that you would have a good support network. That includes proximity and access to your family.

    Also, do be aware of the fact that the 'downgrade' from LSE to Warwick is far smaller than the downgrade from LSE to Birmingham. But then again, if you're moving away from home (which I'm presuming is in Birmingham?) to go to uni, you might as well go to the best course you can get yourself on to.
    Yeah I live in Birmingham, but I wouldn't move away from home to go to Warwick as the commute isn't that long.
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    (Original post by OkashiAddict)
    Yeah I live in Birmingham, but I wouldn't move away from home to go to Warwick as the commute isn't that long.
    Well, in that case, the first question you need to answer for yourself if whether you'd be happy to live at home during first year, and whether commuting + saving money + having family support > living in London + spending a lot of money + being two or more hours door to door away from your family. That way, your choice will be Warwick/Birmingham vs the London unis. If you end up having to go to Warwick or Brum, pick Warwick and go ahead and enjoy your student life.

    Stuff like family support and costs are far more important than whatever incidental benefits you'll get by studying at KCL or LSE (which, I should probably add, are very specific and will only ever be enjoyed by certain groups of people).
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Well, in that case, the first question you need to answer for yourself if whether you'd be happy to live at home during first year, and whether commuting + saving money + having family support > living in London + spending a lot of money + being two or more hours door to door away from your family. That way, your choice will be Warwick/Birmingham vs the London unis. If you end up having to go to Warwick or Brum, pick Warwick and go ahead and enjoy your student life.

    Stuff like family support and costs are far more important than whatever incidental benefits you'll get by studying at KCL or LSE (which, I should probably add, are very specific and will only ever be enjoyed by certain groups of people).
    Thanks, I'm gonna really think about these points.
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    Hi there, I'm a second year LSE student, who is living with 3 mental health conditions. Here is my two pence:

    if you are going to LSE, make sure to get in contact with the Disability and Well-being services of the uni.

    Do you have a responsible relative that can make sure you do contact them for support arrangements?

    You will also get an academic adviser, they are also somewhat responsible in your pastoral care and overseeing your study progress (at least thats what they are doing for me)

    Also we have peer volunteers from among the students, who you can talk to about your experiences at the school

    Also, maybe look into applying for DSA during your student finance application. This is so you can get a specialist mentor that will help you so much throughout your degree.



    Best of luck with your decision
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    (Original post by OkashiAddict)
    Thanks, I'm gonna really think about these points.
    No problem. The fact that you're mature enough to sit and think about your health and ask these questions before you start uni is encouraging. Too many people go into uni without reflecting on their choices.
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    Hi there, I'm a second year LSE student, who is living with 3 mental health conditions. Here is my two pence:

    if you are going to LSE, make sure to get in contact with the Disability and Well-being services of the uni.

    Do you have a responsible relative that can make sure you do contact them for support arrangements?

    You will also get an academic adviser, they are also somewhat responsible in your pastoral care and overseeing your study progress (at least thats what they are doing for me)

    Also we have peer volunteers from among the students, who you can talk to about your experiences at the school

    Also, maybe look into applying for DSA during your student finance application. This is so you can get a specialist mentor that will help you so much throughout your degree.



    Best of luck with your decision
    Hey, thanks for this info!

    Could you please give me more info about how it was for you in the first term at LSE? Was is tough fitting in and did you struggle with homesickness?
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    (Original post by OkashiAddict)
    Hey, thanks for this info!

    Could you please give me more info about how it was for you in the first term at LSE? Was is tough fitting in and did you struggle with homesickness?
    It was always tough as it was firstly a shock to my system with being only 18 when I enrolled. I felt intellectually intimidated and stopped speaking in class for my first year.

    I think its a really good thing that you have studied at KCL before as you will be more acquainted with LSE's demanding education system, and you have experience of class settings so wont feel out of place

    Homesickness, yes. I'm from London but an hour's journey away from LSE. I have a habit of rushing after classes to come home, but want to solve this by moving to halls next year.

    Also, I've heard Rosebury and Passfield are the most welcoming and friendliest halls for LSE, perhaps you can make more friendships there and feel less homesick
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    I went to LSE. Do not go to LSE. I happen to think that LSE is a no brainer for an international student looking for a great brand to transfer back home or if you are deeply committed to working in banking/PE/VC - but that is not what you are communicating.

    Work out the financial savings of living at home against living in London with the KCL scholarship. Go to Warwick or KCL, if the scholarship money is still there and you think you can handle it. 15k isn't to be sniffed at. All things being equal (which they aren't and home is close to Warwick apparently), you always go for the scholarship money no matter if it were Durham, QMUL, Bristol or Exeter. It's a huge saving when the options are essentially the same for your employability.

    Law firms recruit on your grades, profile, motivation and work experience; they're not going to give particular preference to the fact you went to LSE.

    Review your ability to do well in the first year exams at Warwick vs KCL. Law firms are really going to pay attention to the first year grades. In my opinion, if you did the work consistently at KCL, you should have little excuse to be able to focus on revision from the get go and do really well indeed.

    LSE is also a very lonely international university. I'd say the majority of the year are international and a substantial minority are from Singapore/Hong Kong and are seasoned workhorses. People turn up to class and then leave. It is not good for mental health or making friends/bonds. There is also no exam deferral policy if you need it - at other universities, if you're sick or ill you can defer an exam to the summer. I never deferred but knew of a couple of people who got very sick and couldn't sit at the allocated time and had to take a gap year in order to come back and sit the exams the next year.
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    I went to LSE. Do not go to LSE. I happen to think that LSE is a no brainer for an international student looking for a great brand to transfer back home or if you are deeply committed to working in banking/PE/VC - but that is not what you are communicating.

    Work out the financial savings of living at home against living in London with the KCL scholarship. Go to Warwick or KCL, if the scholarship money is still there and you think you can handle it. 15k isn't to be sniffed at. All things being equal (which they aren't and home is close to Warwick apparently), you always go for the scholarship money no matter if it were Durham, QMUL, Bristol or Exeter. It's a huge saving when the options are essentially the same for your employability.

    Law firms recruit on your grades, profile, motivation and work experience; they're not going to give particular preference to the fact you went to LSE.

    Review your ability to do well in the first year exams at Warwick vs KCL. Law firms are really going to pay attention to the first year grades. In my opinion, if you did the work consistently at KCL, you should have little excuse to be able to focus on revision from the get go and do really well indeed.

    LSE is also a very lonely international university. I'd say the majority of the year are international and a substantial minority are from Singapore/Hong Kong and are seasoned workhorses. People turn up to class and then leave. It is not good for mental health or making friends/bonds. There is also no exam deferral policy if you need it - at other universities, if you're sick or ill you can defer an exam to the summer. I never deferred but knew of a couple of people who got very sick and couldn't sit at the allocated time and had to take a gap year in order to come back and sit the exams the next year.
    I've been speaking with my parents all evening and now just read your post and it's really had an impact on me! Everything you mentioned reminds me so much of KCL and why I didn't like it. When I left people said to me I'm crazy for throwing away the scholarship money but I did it because my happiness came first. Yes, if I were to return, they would still give me the scholarship but it's really come down to Warwick vs LSE. I would still choose LSE over KCL, I just don't think KCL(and the scholarship) is worth it if I could stay at home and attend Warwick. LSE is on another level, that's the only reason I'm reconsidering my decision to move out for uni. But having read what you've said about it, the experience seems very lonely, competitive and dead, not ideal for someone like me who suffers from severe anxiety and comes from a poor working class background.
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    (Original post by OkashiAddict)
    I've been speaking with my parents all evening and now just read your post and it's really had an impact on me! Everything you mentioned reminds me so much of KCL and why I didn't like it. When I left people said to me I'm crazy for throwing away the scholarship money but I did it because my happiness came first. Yes, if I were to return, they would still give me the scholarship but it's really come down to Warwick vs LSE. I would still choose LSE over KCL, I just don't think KCL(and the scholarship) is worth it if I could stay at home and attend Warwick. LSE is on another level, that's the only reason I'm reconsidering my decision to move out for uni. But having read what you've said about it, the experience seems very lonely, competitive and dead, not ideal for someone like me who suffers from severe anxiety and comes from a poor working class background.
    It sounds like the scholarship is offset by the savings of living at home, so Warwick is a no brainer for you.

    London universities generally are very lonely and difficult. I generally think given the cost of being in London and the social life you can expect as a student, it is better to go to a regional university. LSE, in particular, is notorious for being lonely and stressful. Warwick is known for being relatively pleasant as universities go with having a good student social experience.
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    It sounds like the scholarship is offset by the savings of living at home, so Warwick is a no brainer for you.

    London universities generally are very lonely and difficult. I generally think given the cost of being in London and the social life you can expect as a student, it is better to go to a regional university. LSE, in particular, is notorious for being lonely and stressful. Warwick is known for being relatively pleasant as universities go with having a good student social experience.
    Thanks for your advice. It's really just living with the fact "I got into LSE but rejected them" that's tough lol.
 
 
 
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