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How did you know what university course to apply for?
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How did you know what university course to apply for?
I kind of fell into studying English Literature because I enjoyed it in school- it seemed really natural to choose it for my degree course!
As for the other half of my degree (I study literature/linguistics), I did English Language at A-level and genuinely enjoyed it so much! When I found out that my university offered a combined degree in both I leapt on it. I originally only applied for a literature degree but honestly linguistics is my favourite thing now :love:

My York/ degree thread will be up soon so you can ask more questions! :hugs:
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How to start your personal statement for UCAS?

Also, I was wondering if you have any tips/advice for it?
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How to start your personal statement for UCAS?

Also, I was wondering if you have any tips/advice for it?
I'll point you towards this article:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...nt-in-10-steps



Check out a list of subject PS guides here too:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...al-statements/
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I'll point you towards this article:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...nt-in-10-steps



Check out a list of subject PS guides here too:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...al-statements/
Thanks! This helped me so much
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Is it easy to make friends as an introvert/when you don't like clubbing/drinking? Especially with flatmates?
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Is it easy to make friends as an introvert/when you don't like clubbing/drinking? Especially with flatmates?
Ah well that really depends on the flatmates, as a very shy person when I went to uni myself, I found the easier way to find like-minded people was by joining a society or two.
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Hi mierdart
I’m a student at Lancaster university ! I’m not an introvert but I have some friends at university who are including one of my flatmates and they have said they found it easy to make friends at university ! During freshers it’s a good time to socialise but this doesn’t have to be going out, just hanging with flatmates whilst they are in their house or doing day activities with them is a good way to settle in. As my flat is a mixture of introverts and extroverts we do a range of things we are all interested in when we hang out like day trips, shopping but we also chill in the flat ! My uni also has day activities that you could do during freshers which is a good way to settle in and throughout the year and the college system means there’s easy ways to make friends. For me I tend to go out with other friends but I do other activities with my quieter friends like going out for food ! There’s also a range of people at university so there will be other introverts and people with the same interests as you ! Societies are a good way to make friends, there’s a range of different types at Lancaster and they don’t all do drinking activities so there’s definitely something to suit everyone’s interests ! This is our page with the societies on so you can check out what might interest you https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups
Hope this reassures you, remember people will be in the same boat and people are eager to settle in and make friends too !
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Hey everyone! :hi:
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Welcome to Ask a University Student 2.0!
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So, without further ado, here we go!:

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Accounting and Finance-Dentistry-Chemistry-Early Childhood Studies-Egyptology-English-Graphic Design-History-Modern Foreign Languages-Law-Linguistics-Maths-Medicine (international study)-Music and Sound Recording-Neuroscience-Nursing-Operating Department Practice (ODP)-Physics-Politics-Psychology-Sociology and Criminology-Veterinary Medicine

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Hi!
At the start of the pandemic I was planning on taking a gap year to travel and had already differed my applications (Leeds Psych). But I got scared that I wasn’t going to be able to travel this year so I changed my entry to this year... and now I’m completely freaking out that all of uni is going to be over video, and fees aren’t reducing and first year is gonna suck... and the uncertainty of everything is so scary.
Do you have any advice. I don’t know if going this year is worth it. I don’t know if I made the right choice.

Thank you!
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Hi!
At the start of the pandemic I was planning on taking a gap year to travel and had already differed my applications (Leeds Psych). But I got scared that I wasn’t going to be able to travel this year so I changed my entry to this year... and now I’m completely freaking out that all of uni is going to be over video, and fees aren’t reducing and first year is gonna suck... and the uncertainty of everything is so scary.
Do you have any advice. I don’t know if going this year is worth it. I don’t know if I made the right choice.

Thank you!
Hi Wik.R,

I'm sorry to hear that you've had to change your plans!

I'm a first-year student at Lancaster University and I understand completely the nerves and concerns about going to uni, particularly in the current situation.

In terms of your choice of not doing a gap year, it's such an uncertain time that it's difficult to say whether or not it's the right decision. We don't know when borders will reopen across different countries and when travel will resume as it would have done, if COVID-19 hadn't happened. Looking at the current situation now, I would personally have made the same decision, to not do a gap year for travelling this year, as I wouldn't want to have a different experience.

I also understand completely your concerns about your first year being online. All universities are having to consider contingencies plans for the next academic year, but I would recommend that you get in touch with Leeds and find out what they are planning to do (bearing mind, of course, that they may not have an answer straight away).

I've had my summer term in online classes, which was a sad way to end the first year, but it was still managed really well and allowed me to complete the year at home.

If you are concerned about missing out with the first-year experience at university, but don't want to or can't go travelling, could you perhaps take a different kind of gap year? Could you get a job or do an internship for a few months, and then reevaluate the situation? Are there particular places that you did want to go travelling?

I would suggest that it would be worth waiting, if possible, until you have more information, before changing your decision. Remember, all students who would be starting uni this year are in the same position, and universities are trying to find ways of being more flexible and considerate of the current situation.

I'm sorry that I can't be much help, but if you have any more questions, I'd be happy to help!

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Is it easy to make friends as an introvert/when you don't like clubbing/drinking? Especially with flatmates?
Hi mierdart,

I'm a massive introvert in my first year of Lancaster University, and I was absolutely terrified before going!

I don't like clubbing or drinking and was worried that I would be the only person like that. However, I was incredibly lucky to have flatmates who were extremely similar to me - and who prefer to stay in and watch Harry Potter! Of course, you can't guarantee that your flatmates will be similar to you, but everybody is extremely friendly and respectful of your own likes and dislikes. Some universities, when applying for accommodation, may ask applicants to specify whether they are quiet/extroverted, early birds or night owls, etc, so this might be a good way to find similar people in your accommodation.

However, there are so many students at university that it is impossible not to make friends. You'll make friends on your course, because you'll have similar interests there, and joining societies is a really good way of finding people like you, too. Universities will offer events other than just clubbing and drinking when you first arrive - for example, I went to a cinema night in my first week, and on a castle tour, which was a good way to meet new people. Before starting uni, you can always join group chats to see if you can find similar people to yourself - but this is on your personal preference. I found them quite stressful myself, because (as you'd expect) the introverted people were very quiet and left the talking to the louder ones!

I've written a blog on my first week at uni as an introvert, which you can find here.

If you have any questions about the introvert life at uni, I'd be happy to help!

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Hi Wik.R,

I'm sorry to hear that you've had to change your plans!

I'm a first-year student at Lancaster University and I understand completely the nerves and concerns about going to uni, particularly in the current situation.

In terms of your choice of not doing a gap year, it's such an uncertain time that it's difficult to say whether or not it's the right decision. We don't know when borders will reopen across different countries and when travel will resume as it would have done, if COVID-19 hadn't happened. Looking at the current situation now, I would personally have made the same decision, to not do a gap year for travelling this year, as I wouldn't want to have a different experience.

I also understand completely your concerns about your first year being online. All universities are having to consider contingencies plans for the next academic year, but I would recommend that you get in touch with Leeds and find out what they are planning to do (bearing mind, of course, that they may not have an answer straight away).

I've had my summer term in online classes, which was a sad way to end the first year, but it was still managed really well and allowed me to complete the year at home.

If you are concerned about missing out with the first-year experience at university, but don't want to or can't go travelling, could you perhaps take a different kind of gap year? Could you get a job or do an internship for a few months, and then reevaluate the situation? Are there particular places that you did want to go travelling?

I would suggest that it would be worth waiting, if possible, until you have more information, before changing your decision. Remember, all students who would be starting uni this year are in the same position, and universities are trying to find ways of being more flexible and considerate of the current situation.

I'm sorry that I can't be much help, but if you have any more questions, I'd be happy to help!

Maria
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Thank you for the reply!
Yes I’ve had a job for 2 years and I was saving to go volunteering around Europe and then to Australia for 4 months 😥 but I can go to Australia on a placement year i hope...

The internship sounds really interesting. Im not sure how I’d get one for psychology thought as it’s quite a private and sensitive area but I could look at some broader ones. Do you know how I could get one?

Also was wondering what laptops you would recommend for uni and how much storage id need?

Thank you again!
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Yes I’ve had a job for 2 years and I was saving to go volunteering around Europe and then to Australia for 4 months 😥 but I can go to Australia on a placement year i hope...

The internship sounds really interesting. Im not sure how I’d get one for psychology thought as it’s quite a private and sensitive area but I could look at some broader ones. Do you know how I could get one?

Also was wondering what laptops you would recommend for uni and how much storage id need?

Thank you again!
Hi Wik.R,

I would recommend checking out websites such as Rate my Placement or specific internship websites, but bear in mind that many of these may be directed for students after the degree, or may not be running due to the current situation.

I hope you do get to go to Australia and do your volunteering! Perhaps, in the meantime, you could find other ways of volunteering locally? It's the best of a bad situation, I'm afraid - and hopefully more opportunities will start to appear soon.

In terms of the laptop, I see students with many different types. I have an 8GB HP Pavilion (but I have extra storage on the side) and I see lots of students with the same kind of laptop, or a Macbook. For storage I think it depends on whether you intend to make all your notes online - lots of students use OneNote for everything, but I prefer to write in lectures, so probably need less storage.

As long as the laptop can access Office 365 products and can connect to the wifi, I think any reputable one would be good!

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Welcome to Ask a University Student 2.0!
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So, without further ado, here we go!:

Subjects
Accounting and Finance-Dentistry-Chemistry-Early Childhood Studies-Egyptology-English-Graphic Design-History-Modern Foreign Languages-Law-Linguistics-Maths-Medicine (international study)-Music and Sound Recording-Neuroscience-Nursing-Operating Department Practice (ODP)-Physics-Politics-Psychology-Sociology and Criminology-Veterinary Medicine

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Angila Ruskin-Aston-Bath-Birmingham-Bournemouth-Bristol-Cardiff-Chester-Cranfield-Edge Hill-Edinburgh-Glasgow-Imperial College, London-Keele-Kent-Lancaster-Leeds-Lincoln-Liverpool-Liverpool John Moores-Middlesex-Newcastle -The Open University-Royal Holloway-Sheffield-Southampton Solent-Staffordshire-Suffolk-Surrey-Swansea
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I'm finishing year 12 now and am searching for degrees/ degree apprenticeships in architecture for applications Oct 2020-2021:
- And was wondering how did you know what to look for when choosing Universities/ Degrees? - cause I have no idea what i'm meant to be looking for when comparing and choosing different Universities.

- Also what do you think are the best ways to enhance your chances of being accepted into a University/Degree apprenticeship without Work Experience? - since of the current situation were in.

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Lancaster have a brand new architecture degree you can find out about it here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/un...-ba-hons-k100/
In terms of choosing a university I went with the place I could see myself enjoying life there including living there and the course. When looking I made sure to visit the open days and now many unis have things online due to the current situation eg virtual open days. I also made sure to chat to current students especially people doing the course I was interested in. You can chat to students at Lancaster online https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/chat/
And make sure you consider everything like living accommodation costs, the course, employability, what the course offers, what the uni offers eg part time jobs social life etc. Looking at league tables is also a good idea and especially at student satisfaction. I’m the end I chose lancaster because I could see myself happy there and I’m still enjoying it.
Good luck with your decisions,
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Lancaster have a brand new architecture degree you can find out about it here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/un...-ba-hons-k100/
In terms of choosing a university I went with the place I could see myself enjoying life there including living there and the course. When looking I made sure to visit the open days and now many unis have things online due to the current situation eg virtual open days. I also made sure to chat to current students especially people doing the course I was interested in. You can chat to students at Lancaster online https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/chat/
And make sure you consider everything like living accommodation costs, the course, employability, what the course offers, what the uni offers eg part time jobs social life etc. Looking at league tables is also a good idea and especially at student satisfaction. I’m the end I chose lancaster because I could see myself happy there and I’m still enjoying it.
Good luck with your decisions,
Student ambassador at Lancaster Uni Holly
Thank you, this has really helped me narrow down my options.
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Damn Lancaster Student Ambassador Getting to all of the posts before I get the chance, those helpful, punctual, and amazing people :shakecane:
I will be sure to right this behaviour in the form of tea and cake at Roses next year. You have simply been too helpful on this thread!
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Hey everyone! :hi:
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Welcome to Ask a University Student 2.0!
In these uncertain times, we want to do our best for anyone applying to university who may have had their open days cancelled due to the current pandemic (or may just want to ask a current student a question!). As a result, we have reached out to a bunch of legendary people who have offered to help answer any questions you may have as applicants :heart:
So, without further ado, here we go!:

Subjects
Accounting and Finance-Dentistry-Chemistry-Early Childhood Studies-Egyptology-English-Graphic Design-History-Modern Foreign Languages-Law-Linguistics-Maths-Medicine (international study)-Music and Sound Recording-Neuroscience-Nursing-Operating Department Practice (ODP)-Physics-Politics-Psychology-Sociology and Criminology-Veterinary Medicine

Universities
Angila Ruskin-UoArts London (UAL)-Aston-Bath-Birmingham-Bournemouth-Bristol-Cardiff-Chester-Cranfield-Edge Hill-Edinburgh-Glasgow-Imperial College, London-Keele-Kent-Lancaster-Leeds-Lincoln-Liverpool-Liverpool John Moores-Middlesex-Newcastle -The Open University-Royal Holloway-Sheffield-Southampton-Southampton Solent-Staffordshire-Suffolk-Surrey-Swansea
-UCLan-Warwick-West of Scotland (UWS)-York

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Hi, Does any one know how I would go about differing my third year at university? I am studying a 4 year course at Royal Holloway
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Imo the best way to do this is to start with your supervisor. Tell them about the issue and they can determine what is best for you :hugs:
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