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Thanks so much for replying!
That last part about finding friends on TSR has really relaxed me - even if we don't become best friends, it would be nice to know some people before I go.
That sounds like a really good idea, travelling-wise. Obviously I might not even get an offer from Aberdeen but if I do, I'll look into if there's something similar I could do. Keeping things in storage makes it a lot easier too.

Aha my accent is really posh - I don't know why because I'm not at all posh - so I would love it to tone down a bit and I love Scottish accents.
Good luck with uni
Good luck to you too
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PRSOM Max1989, you obviously have your head screwed on the right way. If there's a uni official facebook page, that would be the right way to go.
There are often storage facilities for students who travel a long way to uni. Check with the university accommodation you're looking at, to see if they have such facilities.
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That's a good point I made a few friends from a uni fb page and we met up in freshers. Still friends with some!
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PRSOM Max1989, you obviously have your head screwed on the right way. If there's a uni official facebook page, that would be the right way to go.
There are often storage facilities for students who travel a long way to uni. Check with the university accommodation you're looking at, to see if they have such facilities.
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Thank you! I should do ok, if I get less than a 2,1 I've basically averaged 20% for the year. :laugh:
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Honestly open days are your best friend. Start going to them now so you don't have to cram them into your application time. Figure out what you want to study and look into the unis that specialise or offer that course and then go to an open day. I went to an open day 150 miles away (I'm already an independent while at college so it's actually 400 miles away from my home town) as an excuse to see my mate that lived in that city. I didn't want to come back I fell in love with the uni and the city. I really do recommend starting to go to open days and doing your research now and coach tickets are normally cheap when booked in advance if your parents can't drive you there
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Chaliev this is an excellent post. My son wanted to study medicine and couldn’t decide between pbl (problem based learning) and a traditional course. So we traveled hundreds of miles to Plymouth and had to stay in a hotel. When he went to the med school, he was given a pbl exercise and hated it so much we had to leave early. Yes it was expensive to go there, but just imagine if he’d have ended up there studying medicine for the next five years
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I first went to a university around 20 miles from home. That university ended up not being right for me so I switched after a year and opted to try a university 110 miles away from home, in a place I'd never been to before. So I've experienced both.

In my experience, moving further away has been a much more enriching experience. It pushes you to grow so much more. I've gotta say when I was at the uni just one city over it was far too easy to just jump on the train back home for a few days when things got a little stressful. Being further away forces you to stay and deal with it, and you become mentally stronger for it.

Obviously everyone is different and everyone's circumstances are different, so all that said go for whatever feels right for you
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i spoke to someone who had studied graphic design last night on the train. She was amazing, and made it all sound soooo interesting. Good luck with the course. If you are open to making new friends, you will have the time of your life. Don't worry. As for the student debt, you only have to repay if your income goes above a certain level, and even then you only have to pay an amount proportionate to what you are being paid.
Were you the person who started it or was this young lassie the one?

Which one of you is the annoying one?
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Hey,

I don't have much advice, because my decision was completely winged. I live 6 hours away from home (Sheffield, and I'm from Wales).
What I would say is that it was one of my best decisions, moving that far away from home forced me to fend for myself, while also still having the security of the likes of student accommodation to back me up. I've met friends, learned a new city, and I'm planning on living here full time.

Hope that helps.
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(Original post by Notoriety)
Were you the person who started it or was this young lassie the one?

Which one of you is the annoying one?
What is this about? I’m the one who started the thread if that’s what you are asking
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Notoriety's talking about Oxford Mum talking to a stranger on the train, see below. :laugh:

'i spoke to someone who had studied graphic design last night on the train. She was amazing, and made it all sound soooo interesting. Good luck with the course. If you are open to making new friends, you will have the time of your life. Don't worry. As for the student debt, you only have to repay if your income goes above a certain level, and even then you only have to pay an amount proportionate to what you are being paid. '
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What is this about? I’m the one who started the thread if that’s what you are asking

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Hey,

I don't have much advice, because my decision was completely winged. I live 6 hours away from home (Sheffield, and I'm from Wales).
What I would say is that it was one of my best decisions, moving that far away from home forced me to fend for myself, while also still having the security of the likes of student accommodation to back me up. I've met friends, learned a new city, and I'm planning on living here full time.

Hope that helps.
Josh
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I just got talking to her because i’d has to move trains. I had just left my son so was feeding feeling a bit tearful 😢. So decided if I spoke to her she could distract me. I had no idea just how amazing she would turn out to be. We were talking basically about fate and how coincidences and being charming to people turned her professional life around. Hopefully neither of us were being annoying and we both, I think, enjoyed the conversation. I’m sure, Notoriety you would think I would be too boring to speak to, as I’m no supermodel, however she was in her early twenties and in very tight/ short clothing. Therefore you would probably have struck up a conversation with her, just to get into her knickers
Don’t mind him, some people just tend to be like that. I’m sure everything will work out well in the end for you and your son it’s better to be talkative and nice to people than rude and ignorant, like many say, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all, and if you’re nice to someone they tend to be nice to you.
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I just got talking to her because i’d has to move trains. I had just left my son so was feeding feeling a bit tearful 😢. So decided if I spoke to her she could distract me. I had no idea just how amazing she would turn out to be. We were talking basically about fate and how coincidences and being charming to people turned her professional life around. Hopefully neither of us were being annoying and we both, I think, enjoyed the conversation. I’m sure, Notoriety you would think I would be too boring to speak to, as I’m no supermodel, however she was in her early twenties and in very tight/ short clothing. Therefore you would probably have struck up a conversation with her, just to get into her knickers
That final sentence poor Notoriety! :laugh:
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Therefore you would probably have struck up a conversation with her, just to get into her knickers
Oxford Mum I think you are forgetting that Noto is an intellectual
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I’m sure he could manage a little light flirtation with her, as long as he was prepared to talk about wedding dresses for two hours. But seriously, I actually asked for the professional name she used in her work, so I could look out for her in the future. If taking an interest in others is annoying then count me in
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I’m sure he could manage a little light flirtation with her, as long as he was prepared to talk about wedding dresses for two hours. But seriously, I actually asked for the professional name she used in her work, so I could look out for her in the future. If taking an interest in others is annoying then count me in
Count me in too!
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To be fair I really don't mind talking to randomers who talk to me it's quite nice, generally.
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I’m sure he could manage a little light flirtation with her, as long as he was prepared to talk about wedding dresses for two hours. But seriously, I actually asked for the professional name she used in her work, so I could look out for her in the future. If taking an interest in others is annoying then count me in
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I bet you’d be great to converse with. If we hadn’t liked each other’s company we wouldn’t have kept the conversation going for two hours
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Interestingly enough I met a girl at an airport in Europe. (Went there for a job interview) and she came up to me at a coffee shop and we conversed for hours. Turns out she spoke to me because I was the only one who smiled back who was a similar age. I can speak for England if someone got me engaged enough in a conservation. :laugh:
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I bet you’d be great to converse with. If we hadn’t liked each other’s company we wouldn’t have kept the conversation going for two hours
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On the other hand, maybe I am annoying, and should leave TSR. Sometimes wonder what I’m doing here in this crazy parallel 🌍 world 😢😢😢😢😢
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