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I was just thinking how weird it is that 21 year olds are classed as mature students at university, only because when I think of someone that age I think ‘young adult’.
I usually think of someone perhaps nearer to their 30s when I think of ‘mature student’. I dunno, 21 still seems really young to me 🧐 Or is a 21 year old labelled as a ‘mature student’ because they have been out of education for a few years?
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I think it's because we want to party less and are likely to have more independence e.g. able to cook
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(Original post by hellogiggles)
I was just thinking how weird it is that 21 year olds are classed as mature students at university, only because when I think of someone that age I think ‘young adult’.
I usually think of someone perhaps nearer to their 30s when I think of ‘mature student’. I dunno, 21 still seems really young to me 🧐 Or is a 21 year old labelled as a ‘mature student’ because they have been out of education for a few years?
A mature student is those people that have left education but did not pursue higher education instantly. It is a respectful term to which people refer to those student that are classified as mature.
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HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council), UCAS and various other stats gathering folk use 21+ as 'mature' as opposed to school-leavers/those on gap years etc. There has to be a universal definition and thats what it is.
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It's because if you had gone through university at the earliest point (starting at 18 straight after a-levels) you would graduate at 21.
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I'm nat-ture.
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it's a term of art

you and I both know that the only difference between a 21 year old fresher and an 18 year old fresher is their ability to nurse a hangover
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What LeaX said.
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