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i don't regret my subject. I regret my uni. I love science and I really enjoyed the topics covered in my biochemistry degree, I hated my university though. The staff weren't helpful, supportive or understanding. The amount of miscommunication was a joke. It was a horrible place to study. My father died from a drug overdose in my final year right before my January exams and the amount of damn hoops I had to jump through to be able to resit the exams with no 40% cap was insane. They made me feel like I was at fault. Like I was out of order for requesting extenuating circumstances. My childhood was traumatic with my father. I hadn't had any contact with him for 11 years prior to his passing and when he did pass, it brought up a lot of memories and feelings I had buried away and as a result my degree was affected and of course, my university being the amazing institution that it was, rejected my claim for extenuating circumstances and I was basically told I didn't have a leg to stand on because I couldn't get a death certificate. Even though I had proof from my doctor and the therapist i had been seeking help from. It got to the point where they were capping all my exams at 40% and I was on the verge of losing my place offered on my post grad course at a much better uni because of this, so I ended up having to file an official complaint against the university with the Office of Independent Adjudication.

the OIA ruled in my favour and got my caps removed and the uni awarded me the marks I actually obtained in the exam so it all worked out in the end 🤷

still hate the place though.

I think I should have listened when people told me not to go there.
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Haven't even completed the degree and I'm already sick of it. Bring on 2021 for the graduation
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(Original post by eilish1903)
i don't regret my subject. I regret my uni. I love science and I really enjoyed the topics covered in my biochemistry degree, I hated my university though. The staff weren't helpful, supportive or understanding. The amount of miscommunication was a joke. It was a horrible place to study. My father died from a drug overdose in my final year right before my January exams and the amount of damn hoops I had to jump through to be able to resit the exams with no 40% cap was insane. They made me feel like I was at fault. Like I was out of order for requesting extenuating circumstances. My childhood was traumatic with my father. I hadn't had any contact with him for 11 years prior to his passing and when he did pass, it brought up a lot of memories and feelings I had buried away and as a result my degree was affected and of course, my university being the amazing institution that it was, rejected my claim for extenuating circumstances and I was basically told I didn't have a leg to stand on because I couldn't get a death certificate. Even though I had proof from my doctor and the therapist i had been seeking help from. It got to the point where they were capping all my exams at 40% and I was on the verge of losing my place offered on my post grad course at a much better uni because of this, so I ended up having to file an official complaint against the university with the Office of Independent Adjudication.

the OIA ruled in my favour and got my caps removed and the uni awarded me the marks I actually obtained in the exam so it all worked out in the end 🤷

still hate the place though.

I think I should have listened when people told me not to go there.
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Wolverhampton.
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What subject did you do?

I'm currently studying Japanese and Global Politics at Birkbeck

Why do you regret it? Why do you not regret it?

I suppose at my uni I regret I can't just take BA Japanese. It has to be Japanese and _____. Other than that, I don't really have many complaints. I'm excited for my modules next year and the ones this year have been great, especially my Japanese teacher. I'm looking to go to SOAS for my Masters which is virtually next door to BBK

Is the university you went to a factor in regretting it?

I dunno really. BBK wasn't any of the 5 choices on UCAS. I originally applied for Manchester, Leeds, UCLan, SOAS and Sheffield to do Chinese and Japanese, but I had a bit of a panic around March last year, rejected all my offers and applied to BBK. I didn't get to uni via A Levels, I did an Access to HE course (I'm a 'mature student') and all the unis were wanting 30+ distinctions, which I was nowhere near achieving at the time (though I did end up getting 24). On top of that, I started a new relationship and all these places were too far (apart from SOAS, but I knew they wouldn't accept me with the marks I had).

Overall, I really do like BBK, it has a lot of pros - I get to live in London with my other half, study Japanese, the classes are 6-9 in the evening which meant I could work full time in my first year (I'm not doing that anymore). Because BBK are quite focused on mature students, there isn't much of a social life here which I think is the only thing I'm missing from the whole 'university experience' as in London it can get incredibly lonely

What do you think you should have done instead?

If I hadn't met my SO last year, I think I probably would've still attempted to get into Manchester or Leeds and gone from there
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What subject did you do? Why do you regret it? Why do you not regret it?
I'm in a odd spot but I guess I can answer this. My first year of studying English at the Uni of Plymouth and haven't progressed onto the second year. I can't say that I've regretted taking up this opportunity. I had to do so in order to really realise that my mental health is in shambles and that I am no longer enthused about English nor do I want to go down the career path that I had intended when I first started.

Is the university you went to a factor in regretting it?
While the University itself is somewhat sound, my environment and approach to making the most of it was not. I feel like Plymouth is a good option if you're really enthused about your course and the environment, and their support services are decent too.

What do you think you should have done instead? (What I have done)
However, I'd come to realise throughout my time that I really wanted to pursue a Philosophy degree, which Plymouth did not offer. Since I've returned home, I've been in a much better mental state and mindset and am motivated to study what I really want to do. I've just sent off my UCAS Clearing application and I'm aiming to study Philosophy at Newcastle come September. Hoping that they accept me since that's the only place I have in mind.
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What subject did you do? Why do you regret it? Why do you not regret it?
I'm in a odd spot but I guess I can answer this. My first year of studying English at the Uni of Plymouth and haven't progressed onto the second year. I can't say that I've regretted taking up this opportunity. I had to do so in order to really realise that my mental health is in shambles and that I am no longer enthused about English nor do I want to go down the career path that I had intended when I first started.

Is the university you went to a factor in regretting it?
While the University itself is somewhat sound, my environment and approach to making the most of it was not. I feel like Plymouth is a good option if you're really enthused about your course and the environment, and their support services are decent too.

What do you think you should have done instead? (What I have done)
However, I'd come to realise throughout my time that I really wanted to pursue a Philosophy degree, which Plymouth did not offer. Since I've returned home, I've been in a much better mental state and mindset and am motivated to study what I really want to do. I've just sent off my UCAS Clearing application and I'm aiming to study Philosophy at Newcastle come September. Hoping that they accept me since that's the only place I have in mind.
Best of luck! Glad you’re feeling better, let us know how you get on with Newcastle 😊
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Best of luck! Glad you’re feeling better, let us know how you get on with Newcastle 😊
Thanks and will do. I feel like since they have clearing spots of Philosophy, I should have a decent chance on getting in.
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What subject did you do?
Currently doing microbiology

Why do you regret it? Why do you not regret it?
Currently I don't regret it as I'm enjoying it! It's interesting and will lead me onto the things I want to do in the future. I would've regretted my other degree choice of Biomed as I've since realised its not the course for me.

Is the university you went to a factor in regretting it?
I had a lot of anxiety about going to the uni I do and was terrified I would regret it. People were trying to push me to go to universities ranked higher (e.g. Oxbridge/London universities) which I didn't feel comfortable doing because of distance/money/subject choice. I actually love my uni now and I'm glad I didn't listen to everyone else.

What do you think you should have done instead?

I would love to have done a Philosophy/Theology degree but I wouldn't have known what to do with it so biology seemed more practical (I love it too don't get me wrong).
Which university are you studying microbiology in if you don't mind me asking? I have applied to microbiology too and I'm very anxious that I might regret the course or the uni or I might not even get in. But I'm glad that you enjoyed the course.
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Which university are you studying microbiology in if you don't mind me asking? I have applied to microbiology too and I'm very anxious that I might regret the course or the uni or I might not even get in. But I'm glad that you enjoyed the course.
University of Leeds! I'm currently loving it though hopefully next year will be even better cause its more microbiology based.
If you'll like it or not depends on what you like and what your course offers. I chose this because I love learning about diseases but not much about other parts of biology so it was perfect for me.
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University of Leeds! I'm currently loving it though hopefully next year will be even better cause its more microbiology based.
If you'll like it or not depends on what you like and what your course offers. I chose this because I love learning about diseases but not much about other parts of biology so it was perfect for me.
Yes I love learning about diseases too. I've watched some documentaries and read some books about bacteria and microbiology and it all seemed really interesting which is why I chose it. But not many people I know picked it so I'm really nervous. And I think I know what you mean. Most universities I've seen have a bit more broad modules in the first year.
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Yes I love learning about diseases too. I've watched some documentaries and read some books about bacteria and microbiology and it all seemed really interesting which is why I chose it. But not many people I know picked it so I'm really nervous. And I think I know what you mean. Most universities I've seen have a bit more broad modules in the first year.
Yeah you'll find that the more specialised degrees have less people (e.g. there's only about 21/22 on my course) but it's not a bad thing! You'll share your lectures with similar courses anyway.
First year is generally broad as not everyone is coming in with the same qualifications/experience and so they put everyone on a basic level together. This means that your next years can be more specialised as they know you all know the same basics (e.g. I did genetics modules, microbiology modules, biochem modules, and physiology modules this year).
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What subject did you do?
Psychology

Why do you regret it? Why do you not regret it?
Sort of. I graduated five years ago so have the benefit of perspective and it's been pretty much useless. Don't think I have used any of it really and can barely remember any of it. In fact, I think I've used my A level IT skills more than anything I learned during my degree. On top of that, in the job I have now most of my colleagues either don't have a degree or dropped out. The few that do have unrelated degrees like dance or philosophy.

But I did have some amazing experiences, tried a lot of different things including a semester in the US, met loads of different, interesting people including some friends for life (as well as some truly vile people but hey) and although it was very tough for the first year after graduating, things have generally turned out okay.

What do you think you should have done instead?
Computer Science - I'm actually about to start a Comp Sci conversion MSc in a few weeks. I love creating stuff and solving problems, plus it builds on the work experience that I have already.

In the end, you can't go back & who knows, if I had done it from the beginning when I was 18/19 I might have hated it so I'd like to think everything has worked out for the best... :thumbsup:
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