Mature Students 21+Watch
Student life, in partnership with UEA
The biggest thing for me is social media. People think that people in their mid-20s are from the same generation as 18 year olds, but we're really not. I didn't have a phone until I was 14, and I didn't have a smartphone until I was 18. I didn't have a computer until I was in my 20s. I grew up with VHS tapes, DVDs, cassettes and CDs. I don't use any social media. When you don't have social media, especially Instagram and SnapChat, you don't exist (in the world of 18 year olds). Literally.
But that's fine by me, because I'm here to study and nothing else. I have a job, a partner, a house, two cats and a car, I'm set up in life and not looking for friends or a full experience. I just want my degree, and I don't think it would be possible for me to be friends with 18 year olds when we are just so different.