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Hi, I am currently 16 and I am applying to University, when I start I will be 17. I was really excited about starting and I don’t really see the point in staying for sixth year as I will hopefully have all the qualifications I will need by the end of this school year. However the past couple of days as I’ve thought about it more I am worried that I will find it hard to make friends and socialise because I will only be 17, I know that university is not just about socialising but it is a big part of it. I don’t know what to do now and my parents aren’t happy about me going at the age of 17, they were okay with it however and have suddenly changed their mind even though I have already applied. I really don’t know what to do now, do you think being 17 and starting Uni is an issue??
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it shouldn’t be a problem. Of course it is an issue for the drinking culture but that’s equally an issue for teetotal people and there will be groups and that. Socialising at uni depends on who you are and where you’re going- I imagine it’s easier at campus unis than city ones?
What unis did you apply to/get offers from?
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Hi, I am currently 16 and I am applying to University, when I start I will be 17. I was really excited about starting and I don’t really see the point in staying for sixth year as I will hopefully have all the qualifications I will need by the end of this school year. However the past couple of days as I’ve thought about it more I am worried that I will find it hard to make friends and socialise because I will only be 17, I know that university is not just about socialising but it is a big part of it. I don’t know what to do now and my parents aren’t happy about me going at the age of 17, they were okay with it however and have suddenly changed their mind even though I have already applied. I really don’t know what to do now, do you think being 17 and starting Uni is an issue??
If drinking and clubbing is your kind of socialising, then it'll be a potential issue. Plenty of people do start university < 18 and find it no problem whatsoever, though. There are many different ways to make friends e.g. through society events and just by talking before and after a lecture.

Have you considered a gap year?
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You might not be able to get into nightclubs n stuff if you’re only 17 so it would affect you socially. I considered it as I was expecting 5 A1s at higher and got them but now I’m happy I’m doing sixth year as it’s kinda like a year to relax since I have my unconditional for the uni I want to go to (if I get rejected by an English one which I’d need my Advanced Highers for).
You could have applied for deferred entry and taken a year out before starting.
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Ok so applying at 17 is an achievement so well done! And honestly, l have a friend who applied at the same age who is in uni now and loving it. Honestly, age will just be a number at uni and people won’t really mind how old you are because it’s your personality that really counts. There’s really nothing you’d be excluded from either! I can see where your parents are coming from though because at uni you won’t really have their support and you have to be on your own most of the time really. You have to objectively think about whether you’re ready for that. Also, uni work can be stressful and going straight from 16 may make it much worse because you’re trying to figure out too many things at once. At the end of the day, l’d recommend going on summer courses at unis to really experience what uni is like maybe before applying.
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it shouldn’t be a problem. Of course it is an issue for the drinking culture but that’s equally an issue for teetotal people and there will be groups and that. Socialising at uni depends on who you are and where you’re going- I imagine it’s easier at campus unis than city ones?
What unis did you apply to/get offers from?
Yeh, I have applied to one campus uni and the others are in the city. I am personally not bothered about drinking, just that if most people are then it might be difficult
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If drinking and clubbing is your kind of socialising, then it'll be a potential issue. Plenty of people do start university < 18 and find it no problem whatsoever, though. There are many different ways to make friends e.g. through society events and just by talking before and after a lecture.

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Originally I did consider a gap year however I live in a small place at the moment so it can be difficult to get a full time job so it probably isn’t my best option, I am not bothered about drinking and clubbing and I won’t have to wait too long anyway, it is just difficult if everyone else is .
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Hi, I am currently 16 and I am applying to University, when I start I will be 17. I was really excited about starting and I don’t really see the point in staying for sixth year as I will hopefully have all the qualifications I will need by the end of this school year. However the past couple of days as I’ve thought about it more I am worried that I will find it hard to make friends and socialise because I will only be 17, I know that university is not just about socialising but it is a big part of it. I don’t know what to do now and my parents aren’t happy about me going at the age of 17, they were okay with it however and have suddenly changed their mind even though I have already applied. I really don’t know what to do now, do you think being 17 and starting Uni is an issue??
Wow congratulations on going to university wish I was as smart as you
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Hi, I am currently 16 and I am applying to University, when I start I will be 17. I was really excited about starting and I don’t really see the point in staying for sixth year as I will hopefully have all the qualifications I will need by the end of this school year. However the past couple of days as I’ve thought about it more I am worried that I will find it hard to make friends and socialise because I will only be 17, I know that university is not just about socialising but it is a big part of it. I don’t know what to do now and my parents aren’t happy about me going at the age of 17, they were okay with it however and have suddenly changed their mind even though I have already applied. I really don’t know what to do now, do you think being 17 and starting Uni is an issue??
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You might not be able to get into nightclubs n stuff if you’re only 17 so it would affect you socially. I considered it as I was expecting 5 A1s at higher and got them but now I’m happy I’m doing sixth year as it’s kinda like a year to relax since I have my unconditional for the uni I want to go to (if I get rejected by an English one which I’d need my Advanced Highers for).
You could have applied for deferred entry and taken a year out before starting.
Yeh I have spoken to one of my friends who is older and is now in university and she didn’t know whether to stay for sixth year but she did and she was glad she did. Not sure what to do , was going to apply for deferred entry but it’s difficult where I live to get a job so it will be hard for me to take a gap year.
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Ok so applying at 17 is an achievement so well done! And honestly, l have a friend who applied at the same age who is in uni now and loving it. Honestly, age will just be a number at uni and people won’t really mind how old you are because it’s your personality that really counts. There’s really nothing you’d be excluded from either! I can see where your parents are coming from though because at uni you won’t really have their support and you have to be on your own most of the time really. You have to objectively think about whether you’re ready for that. Also, uni work can be stressful and going straight from 16 may make it much worse because you’re trying to figure out too many things at once. At the end of the day, l’d recommend going on summer courses at unis to really experience what uni is like maybe before applying.
Thank you! ☺️ I don’t know many people who have started university at 17 so has been difficult for me to know whether this is a good choice or not. I have stayed at a university once which was good, and I am going again next month too. I get where my parents are coming from too , I just don’t think they feel that I am ready for it but I do feel ready .
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