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So I’m in Year 13 and I’m wondering how life is at University?
Because I’m just tired of being in sixth form :/
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Isolating. Depressing. Overloaded. Expensive.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
So I’m in Year 13 and I’m wondering how life is at University?
Because I’m just tired of being in sixth form :/
Nothing like school or 6-form, its a different world.

You manage your life, you dont show up thats on you. Homework isnt a thing, you just revise if & what you want to. You get coursework & exams these assignments contribute to your degree so how seriously you take them is up to you but no one will review the work before you submit (you just get the teaching & assignment briefs), no one will give you advice on past papers or mock exams at uni everything is done of your own volition.

That said teaching is different, you have lectures, labs and seminars they feel very different to sitting in a classroom with a teacher having a conversation with a smart board up. Personally I much preferred uni to school academically.

Socially, unis have student unions which basically provide facilities and resources so you join a society or sports team or attend events what you do of course is entirely up to you but you have the ability to do an insane amount in a very short time frame. Additionally student life is very much a culture as well, go to certain clubs or events just filled with other students and these are mostly a lot of fun.
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Isolating. Depressing. Overloaded. Expensive.
They keep preventing me from rating your posts as i do it too much or something. But yeah Uni is what he/she said...
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So I’m in Year 13 and I’m wondering how life is at University?
Because I’m just tired of being in sixth form :/
You're basically very independent. So it can be whatever you want it to be.
If you want to spend every day in your room, go for it (don't actually).
If you want to work hard, go to the library everyday etc, go for it.
If you want to party every day and do drugs all the time, go for it.
You do have to go to lectures and do essays etc. but they're not too bad.
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It's a very individual experience. What's important and underestimated is going to a uni you want to go to, on a course you care about. It's best to set goals and mix it up at university.

My first year goal; become a course rep, and qualify for a year abroad; achieve at 2:1.

What happened?
Course rep: achieved
Year abroad: qualified
Average: 56 :/

Then comes reflection; haven't achieved my academic goals... How can i exert more effort?

Second year: goals..minimum 2:1 as high as possible or even first, become course rep abroad, travel

Went abroad to Southeast Asia
Average: 66
Travel: oh yeah
Course rep: yes

Once again reflection, what went wrong, what didn't i do so well... Where can i improve, what are my future goals.

Goals:

Get a master's place
Get a first!
Get an internship

Achievement:
Secured Master's place in Netherlands
Reached Assessment centre for a really nassive global firm (waiting to hear back)
Average: TBC

After summer reflection, and goal setting.


I'm a firm believer that setting goals and thinking ahead is vital at University and all other life endeavours. Floating through life is Inefficient and won't get you what you want. Taking sometime to figure out during periods of the year what next steps are is key.

People who don't enjoy university and tend to struggle are those just going to university without tangible goals. If you have no endpoint and no plan it's hard to assess why your doing something at all!

University can be absolutely amazing... But you need to maximise your opportunities there.... No one will tell you to get involved and invite to succeed at unviersity, it's part of the growing up process.
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Nothing like school or 6-form, its a different world.

You manage your life, you dont show up thats on you. Homework isnt a thing, you just revise if & what you want to. You get coursework & exams these assignments contribute to your degree so how seriously you take them is up to you but no one will review the work before you submit (you just get the teaching & assignment briefs), no one will give you advice on past papers or mock exams at uni everything is done of your own volition.

That said teaching is different, you have lectures, labs and seminars they feel very different to sitting in a classroom with a teacher having a conversation with a smart board up. Personally I much preferred uni to school academically.

Socially, unis have student unions which basically provide facilities and resources so you join a society or sports team or attend events what you do of course is entirely up to you but you have the ability to do an insane amount in a very short time frame. Additionally student life is very much a culture as well, go to certain clubs or events just filled with other students and these are mostly a lot of fun.
Thank you ☺️
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(Original post by frantika)
You're basically very independent. So it can be whatever you want it to be.
If you want to spend every day in your room, go for it (don't actually).
If you want to work hard, go to the library everyday etc, go for it.
If you want to party every day and do drugs all the time, go for it.
You do have to go to lectures and do essays etc. but they're not too bad.
Thanks 👌🏻
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(Original post by Realitysreflexx)
It's a very individual experience. What's important and underestimated is going to a uni you want to go to, on a course you care about. It's best to set goals and mix it up at university.

My first year goal; become a course rep, and qualify for a year abroad; achieve at 2:1.

What happened?
Course rep: achieved
Year abroad: qualified
Average: 56 :/

Then comes reflection; haven't achieved my academic goals... How can i exert more effort?

Second year: goals..minimum 2:1 as high as possible or even first, become course rep abroad, travel

Went abroad to Southeast Asia
Average: 66
Travel: oh yeah
Course rep: yes

Once again reflection, what went wrong, what didn't i do so well... Where can i improve, what are my future goals.

Goals:

Get a master's place
Get a first!
Get an internship

Achievement:
Secured Master's place in Netherlands
Reached Assessment centre for a really nassive global firm (waiting to hear back)
Average: TBC

After summer reflection, and goal setting.


I'm a firm believer that setting goals and thinking ahead is vital at University and all other life endeavours. Floating through life is Inefficient and won't get you what you want. Taking sometime to figure out during periods of the year what next steps are is key.

People who don't enjoy university and tend to struggle are those just going to university without tangible goals. If you have no endpoint and no plan it's hard to assess why your doing something at all!

University can be absolutely amazing... But you need to maximise your opportunities there.... No one will tell you to get involved and invite to succeed at unviersity, it's part of the growing up process.
Thank you ☺️
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It honestly varies for everyone
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Mundane and lonely, with a few breakdowns scattered in. The independence has its pros and cons. I've learnt a lot but socially I'm still struggling. My mental health has been very poor, there is support but it's quite limited.
It varies a lot though. Some people seem to be having the times of their lives. The average experience probably falls somewhere in the middle.
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Best not to buy into the hype of "best three years of your life". It can go completely the other way.
I'd say what I miss from school now that I am at uni is having an actual connection with the people who are teaching you. Might be different at other courses and other unis, but atm I don't think any of my lecturers know my name (and even my personal tutor is very very quiet). It's weird going from there being just seven of us in my A-level history class and all being sat around one table to 60 people in a lab session and over 200 in lectures.
However what you do gain is a lot more control over how you spend your time. That already is a very good thing.
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(Original post by mnot)
Nothing like school or 6-form, its a different world.

You manage your life, you dont show up thats on you. Homework isnt a thing, you just revise if & what you want to. You get coursework & exams these assignments contribute to your degree so how seriously you take them is up to you but no one will review the work before you submit (you just get the teaching & assignment briefs), no one will give you advice on past papers or mock exams at uni everything is done of your own volition.

That said teaching is different, you have lectures, labs and seminars they feel very different to sitting in a classroom with a teacher having a conversation with a smart board up. Personally I much preferred uni to school academically.

Socially, unis have student unions which basically provide facilities and resources so you join a society or sports team or attend events what you do of course is entirely up to you but you have the ability to do an insane amount in a very short time frame. Additionally student life is very much a culture as well, go to certain clubs or events just filled with other students and these are mostly a lot of fun.
What if you need help with the coursework or something
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What if you need help with the coursework or something
it depends on the CW, the brief and what your query is.

You can normally email a lecturer and they may choose to point you in the right direction should they want too, some will dedicate a small amount of office hours say 1-2/week to answering questions they feel are resonable. But what you can ask and how much support you get is more limited, they wont guide you through every problem as you get in school. You'll just have to accept your going to loose marks sometimes, uni is more independent, the average mark for the average piece of uni CW is probably like 64%.
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It's a very individual experience. What's important and underestimated is going to a uni you want to go to, on a course you care about. It's best to set goals and mix it up at university.

My first year goal; become a course rep, and qualify for a year abroad; achieve at 2:1.

What happened?
Course rep: achieved
Year abroad: qualified
Average: 56 :/

Then comes reflection; haven't achieved my academic goals... How can i exert more effort?

Second year: goals..minimum 2:1 as high as possible or even first, become course rep abroad, travel

Went abroad to Southeast Asia
Average: 66
Travel: oh yeah
Course rep: yes

Once again reflection, what went wrong, what didn't i do so well... Where can i improve, what are my future goals.

Goals:

Get a master's place
Get a first!
Get an internship

Achievement:
Secured Master's place in Netherlands
Reached Assessment centre for a really nassive global firm (waiting to hear back)
Average: TBC

After summer reflection, and goal setting.


I'm a firm believer that setting goals and thinking ahead is vital at University and all other life endeavours. Floating through life is Inefficient and won't get you what you want. Taking sometime to figure out during periods of the year what next steps are is key.

People who don't enjoy university and tend to struggle are those just going to university without tangible goals. If you have no endpoint and no plan it's hard to assess why your doing something at all!

University can be absolutely amazing... But you need to maximise your opportunities there.... No one will tell you to get involved and invite to succeed at unviersity, it's part of the growing up process.
what is 2:1
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I absolutely adored uni, the most amazing 4 years of my life. The independence and self study was so illuminating. But the adorable friends I made and the socialising I took part in is really what made the experience stunning.
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what is 2:1
Uni marks are graded: 1st (70+%), Upper 2nd aka 2.1 (60-69%), lower 2nd aka 2.2 (50-59%), 3rd (40-49%),
40% without dissertation: is a pass without honours (every uni has a slightly different rule on this)

basically a good degree result is generally considered to be a 2.1+ and a 1st is excellent (most people aim for one of these), if you want to do post-grad a 2.1 is essential (1st for some courses) similarly many jobs will ask applicants to have a certain degree classification (most ask for a 2.1).
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