Going to University from a Working Class Family

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Hi, I was wondering what it's like to go to university from a working class background. I'm quite insecure about my background as my father is a taxi driver and constantly tells me that it's a terrible idea to go. Assuming I get the grades AAA, I'll be able to go to St Andrew's.

Is it really true that university is an elitist place full of middle/upper-class people and people from working backgrounds won't fit in very well?
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Hi, I was wondering what it's like to go to university from a working class background. I'm quite insecure about my background as my father is a taxi driver and constantly tells me that it's a terrible idea to go. Assuming I get the grades AAA, I'll be able to go to St Andrew's.

Is it really true that university is an elitist place full of middle/upper-class people and people from working backgrounds won't fit in very well?
Hi MaaattC

That isn't the experience I had at all. I come from a largely working class background (my sister and I were the first in my family to go to university) and I know a lot of people who were the same. It's really common to attend university now, meaning that you get to meet a wide range of people from lots of different places and backgrounds. This was definitely one of my favourite things about it, as I got to meet lots of new people and make friends outside of the small town I come from.

I hope this helps! If you have any more questions about university life, feel free to ask.

Melissa
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Hi, I was wondering what it's like to go to university from a working class background. I'm quite insecure about my background as my father is a taxi driver and constantly tells me that it's a terrible idea to go. Assuming I get the grades AAA, I'll be able to go to St Andrew's.

Is it really true that university is an elitist place full of middle/upper-class people and people from working backgrounds won't fit in very well?
35% of students may be from a private school but that means 65% are not (note that the Scots and Northern English students are particularly overtly working class)

so it may be relatively posh, but private school people will still be in a minority, and guess what? less than 1% of them will be visibly posh - you literally won't have a clue from meeting most people. also the uni has gone on a massive drive to increase more working class students so you're all good. plus it depends on your subject and your hall of residence.
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