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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
20 / 21 is practically like 18 :lol:

No one will notice the difference, plus there'll be plenty of people older than you so don't worry!

Have fun and :goodluck:
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Heck I was nearer 30. I suppose at 30 you wouldn't be in the halls and going out every night,
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Wish I started university at 20.
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
You will be fine. People start much older.
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My personal opinion on it is, you might as well just start uni next year unless you have something significant like a term time internship.
Who knows what will happen with COVID in 3 months/6 months/1 year/ 2 year.

Im thinking this whole academic year will be more limited but hopefully second semester will open up a bit more & uni normality for Sept 2021 (but this is very much a guess).
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At least with uni, even if its not the classic uni experience, you are still progressing (the same cannot be said for many more people). & in 3-4 years the graduate market should have adjusted back to some semblance of normality
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
I was 20 when I started university. I had a retake and a gap year. The first week of term, I turned 21. I lived in student halls and luckily, I got on with all 9 flatmates from last year.

The main difference you will find is the maturity levels in you will be greater than those in the 18/19-year-olds. That's not to say they will be immature, just less mature in comparison. When you've worked and done things without a set schedule (like in school), you learn to do things for yourself. You learn to talk to people in a mannerful (not a word... but you get it) way. You learn that booze isn't life, etc.

Don't feel like you'll be left out, because you won't. People are inclusive, regardless of age. In my friend circle, there was a girl a year older than me and a few girls two years younger than me. And that's just one example. They'll love your ability to manage time and for being able to be a great friend. Don't stress either way.

Uni is a fun time and I have no doubt you'll have a great time. All I can promise is that age didn't make a difference for me.
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I started uni at 19 turning 20, no one could even tell I was older than them. No one even cared. I fitted fine. Though I was unable to finish the year and had to take the year out for other reasons. So I’m back at 20 turning 21 in first year and still it’s the same. Seriously don’t worry about it, you’ll be fine
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
Hey,

I just saw your question, trust me you'll be fine no one really clocks age unless you tell them and if you did it they will ,likely be like "ok cool" . Most of my friends are 23/24 year olds and I'm 20 but were both in 3rd year been friends since first year and we get along great and been making the best memories at uni.

Don't be afraid to step out your comfort zone when it comes to uni especially thats where you meet the best people and make the best memories.

Hope this helps,

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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
When it comes to university and socialising/making friends, age really is nothing but a number. We have students of all ages join us, and it plays no part in their ability to create friendship groups.
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
This is my exact worry! I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start uni next year and don’t want to be surrounded by immature 18 year olds! What unis are you looking at?
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This is my exact worry! I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start uni next year and don’t want to be surrounded by immature 18 year olds! What unis are you looking at?
there really is not much of a maturity difference between 18 year olds and 20 years olds... especially at uni lol.
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
Hey student2001,

At University, you really don't notice an age gap. My friends are 26/27 and you really can't notice it. Try as best as you can not to overthink it because I really doubt anyone will even notice.

Lots of people enter uni through all different routes and a large proportion of people do take gap years. There are many mature students too!

I hope this reassures you and do let us know if you have any questions!
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
Hiya!

The majority of those in my flat when I started uni were one or two years older than me and I never even noticed, so I wouldn't worry! What's most important is your happiness and comfortability. So go with your gut and do what you think will be best for you!

Perhaps write a pros and cons list of taking another gap year or starting uni in 2021 to try and balance out how you are feeling. I think a lot of students are in the same situation as yourself so you may find that a lot of students when you start will be the same age as you or older!

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I’m 17 and I’ve got a friend who is 20 or 21 and we get on better than I do with most people my age so definitely don’t worry about it
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This is my exact worry! I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start uni next year and don’t want to be surrounded by immature 18 year olds! What unis are you looking at?
Manc, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield and Bristol!!
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Hi!
I started uni at 21, and there's a lot of people that age starting uni and people that are young but very mature for their age in uni! Don't worry too much about the social part of it, if you really think University is what you want and need, go for it, and focus on that! 😉
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Manc, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield and Bristol!!
Hi there!

Current University of Sheffield student here. Just wanted to reassure you that 20 is a perfectly normal age to start university. There are students of all ages at uni, we have people on my course that are 30/40 so I wouldn't worry at all! You'll fit in fine and make plenty of friends.

Let me know if you have any questions about life in Sheffield/the university and I'd love to help!

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Hi,

I don’t want to sound nasty or anything but who cares and why should you? You can attend college or university at any age - regardless if it’s 18 or whatever - I personally have friends who returned to university in their 40s as they wanted to a change of direction - it happens.

I started university when I was 25 - so generally was much older than most - however it does not really matter in the slightest. People should not fuss over it and if they do you’ll know they are not worth bothering with.

Hope this helps,
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I don't think you should be too worried :hugs:
Idk if it was coincindence or not but the flat im in atm, theres only i think a couple of 18yo's, the rest of us are 19/20/21. So people take years out for various reasons and it probably won't just be you either :nah:
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I took a gap year last year and I am currently trying to decide whether to take another one or not due to COVID before starting uni. My only worry is that I’ll be 20 turning 21 when I start, surrounded by 18 year olds. I just feel it may be harder to socialise and make friends.
Hi there!

I started my university journey later too and I can honestly say not once did I feel out of place or find it hard to socialise. In fact, I was still one of the youngest when I started my degree! On my degree course there were a handful of people that started at 18, but the most mature student in our course is almost 50 and we do not notice the age differences whatsoever.

Good luck with your studies and please, do not worry!

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