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It's different to how I expected it to be, but still enjoying it (14)
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It's good, but there are some things I am struggling with (28)
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There are some good and bad parts, I'm not sure how I feel about it (33)
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I'm finding it difficult (25)
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I'm finding it very hard and struggling to cope (31)
22.3%
StrawberryDreams
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So 2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster (to say the least!) and starting uni this year is a big life event that has been quite a bit different.

How are you finding things if you started uni this year?

What things are you enjoying, and what things are you struggling with, if any?

How have you found the transition into uni?

Have the uni been supportive through the difficulties of the new academic year, or have you not seen much support?

Let us know your thoughts!
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(Original post by StrawberryDreams)
So 2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster (to say the least!) and starting uni this year is a big life event that has been quite a bit different.

How are you finding things if you started uni this year?

What things are you enjoying, and what things are you struggling with, if any?

How have you found the transition into uni?

Have the uni been supportive through the difficulties of the new academic year, or have you not seen much support?

Let us know your thoughts!
A lot of people seem to be coping well and having the best time. I just feel very wierd and out of my comfort zone. I've been at my uni now for over a month i'm finding it hard as i'm very home sick and find it hard to focus on my studies. My sleeping schedule is all over the place which doesn't help with my routine. Life just feels wierd right now with the pandemic, theres nothing to look fowrad to, I can't visit home which is breaking me. The uni have been great at giving as much face to face lectures as possible. I'm just feeling lost personally with the whole situation it's just been such a big change and with covid going on theres not many events on and it's hard not being able to see family. Hopefully everything will get better soon.
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Several ups and downs. I have no idea what I’m studying lol. Made a few friends and lost a few in days. I have beef with my flat mates.
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In my second year and already having some regrets. My uni (Warwick) has been alright at keeping everyone in but people continue to flout the rules and restrictions. Plus, with a tier 3 lockdown looming and the increasing workload, at least i'm safe (?) from Covid.
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I have just started my first yet, I feel absolutely fed up, there is this one obligatory module which I hate so much and don't see the point of it. I feel low in energy and overwhelmed. I have also been having some physical problems and I need to sort out my medication as I think it is causing the physical problems and I feel like no doctor is listening to me. What I find the most annoying is that I can only be registered at one gp and one time but I am constantly between home and uni so it is super annoying and inconvenient. Recently there has been a death in the family so I am finding it hard to get back on track with life it is just not the same without them.
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A lot of people seem to be coping well and having the best time. I just feel very wierd and out of my comfort zone. I've been at my uni now for over a month i'm finding it hard as i'm very home sick and find it hard to focus on my studies. My sleeping schedule is all over the place which doesn't help with my routine. Life just feels wierd right now with the pandemic, theres nothing to look fowrad to, I can't visit home which is breaking me. The uni have been great at giving as much face to face lectures as possible. I'm just feeling lost personally with the whole situation it's just been such a big change and with covid going on theres not many events on and it's hard not being able to see family. Hopefully everything will get better soon.
This has just summed up exactly how I’m feeling. Hope you’re doing okay
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(Original post by StrawberryDreams)
So 2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster (to say the least!) and starting uni this year is a big life event that has been quite a bit different.

How are you finding things if you started uni this year?

What things are you enjoying, and what things are you struggling with, if any?

How have you found the transition into uni?

Have the uni been supportive through the difficulties of the new academic year, or have you not seen much support?

Let us know your thoughts!
(Original post by Anonymous)
A lot of people seem to be coping well and having the best time. I just feel very wierd and out of my comfort zone. I've been at my uni now for over a month i'm finding it hard as i'm very home sick and find it hard to focus on my studies. My sleeping schedule is all over the place which doesn't help with my routine. Life just feels wierd right now with the pandemic, theres nothing to look fowrad to, I can't visit home which is breaking me. The uni have been great at giving as much face to face lectures as possible. I'm just feeling lost personally with the whole situation it's just been such a big change and with covid going on theres not many events on and it's hard not being able to see family. Hopefully everything will get better soon.
I feel exactly the same!!! I never thought i would be homesick but with covid and not being able to meet many people i am not having a good time, i’ve decided i’ll definitely be moving near my family after uni. i am happy i have come this year as if i didn’t i don’t think i ever would have. hopefully things will be back to normal next year and i can finish my degree how it’s meant to be and get the full uni experience
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I am in my first year studying Psychology BSc. It's the third week and I'm already way behind on my notes because I'm spending so much time and it seems never ending plus I have not studied psychology before so I have to take additional notes so I understand (I don't regret choosing it though). I just wish we had a free week or two where we could just catch up it would really help and then we can ask questions to fill in the blanks.
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Hmm, well to be honest my health has really taken a dive since the move to uni, just perpetually unwell since arrival. I'm very stressed and overworked at the moment, since I have no social life so fill my social time with more work. Putting in about 10-11 hours of work a day, 8 to 8 with a few minor breaks.

But...although that sounds overwhelmingly bad, they don't have much impact day-to-day. So in the present, I just feel...meh. Life passes by, just going through the motions. Soon it'll be Christmas and I'll be spending it alone in my uni room. Then exams. Then...uni again.

Not to be a downer or anything.
It feels like a relief to write down.
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2nd year chemist had on and off-internet for first 2 weeks of teaching and already so far behind in lectures. Fed up of having nothing to look forward to like not being able to go to the societies I went to in first year that used to make my week.
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(Original post by StrawberryDreams)
So 2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster (to say the least!) and starting uni this year is a big life event that has been quite a bit different.

How are you finding things if you started uni this year?

What things are you enjoying, and what things are you struggling with, if any?

How have you found the transition into uni?

Have the uni been supportive through the difficulties of the new academic year, or have you not seen much support?

Let us know your thoughts!
Glad this thread has been set up, I think it's good to understand how everyone is finding uni whether they started this year or not.

I'm in my second year of Social and Political Sciences at the Uni of York and I'm just finding it really difficult and struggling to cope. Before York moved into Tier 2 restrictions last week, I took the opportunity to meet up with some close friends I haven't seen since March which is hard to take in but I was really glad to see them albeit socially distanced. Now, it's even harder to some extent because we're only allowed groups of 6 socially distanced outdoors and only 1 household/support bubble socially distanced indoors. Depending on the situation, I should still be able to meet up with some mates in a group of 6 socialy distanced outdoors for a pint/pizza in an outdoor venue my uni has created for this term but at the same time, the guidance says we should limit our social contacts.

It's hard to say things that I am enjoying or at least enjoyed but I enjoyed the carousel of face-to-face and online seminars for my politics module but that's over now because the Uni of York will be moving to DfE Tier 2 for teaching and learning provisions on Monday 2nd Nov which means a ramping up of online teaching provisions - next week is a trial week so I don't know what I'm in for the rest of this term. I've already been in touch with my supervisor twice moaning about the teaching provisions predominately and I really should get round to updating my contact details with my GP in York. In terms of the support I'm receiving from my uni from the academic side of things, I think it's rather mixed. The module convenor for The Policy Process module I'm taking has been really lovely via email and I genuinely appreicated his email telling me how impressed he is with my online contributions so far and he also answered my question about a summative assignment I need to submit in January. On the other hand, I got a really passive aggressive email from a module convenor for another module which I'm not happy about and it was sent to all students taking the module - she seems really strict and not particularly understanding that we're all going through exceptionally challenging times. I've fallen behind with the workload on her module and she moans about the lack of contribution on the online discussion boards - tbh, she really needs to chill.

Finally, I should also add that I've been mentoring a dozen Freshers via The Access Project and with my uni which has been interesting to say the least. Engagement in the mentoring sessions isn't there but I think the Freshers have a lot of stuff to be getting on with and trying to settle in at uni really.
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not much different to last year academically. finding most things fairly straightforward.

feeling a bit lonely and despondent otherwise.
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my flatmates are lovely, bit disappointed i won't be going out for a while but i think i'll be ok. lots of work to do but i'm enjoying my course so i'm finding it ok. i am not very homesick and we still have face to face seminars and tutorials which is always a bonus
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It’s ok. I’m finding my course interesting but I haven’t really made any proper friends and its making me feel so lonely. Like i know a few people but they’re all basically acquaintances rather than friends really. And my flatmates aren’t the most friendliest tbh.

I wish clubs and societies were still running tbh cuz i need more friends and me being super shy and socially awkward doesn’t help my case at all. It also doesn’t help that I’m behind in all modules as I was a late arrival to uni due to some visa complications.

All in all, i love it and i hate it at the same time. Kinda lowkey wishing I had deferred my place to next year tho
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my flatmates are lovely but we're quite a big flat and like to go out so i've had to isolate three times already! (the last was a two week one as well) so i feel like i've missed out on a lot of different society stuff and on making friends from outside my flat i've come home for a few days after my isolation finished because i couldn't see myself making it through another round of isolation without seeing my family
my course is awesome though! i'm loving it:gah: it's a lot of work but my personal tutor is lovely and all the staff are putting in lots of effort
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I still love my degree, but I find it strange not seeing people around uni (I'm barely in, lectures and seminars are online for at least this semester) and I miss being able to socialise with people other than my flatmate. I did meet a friend outside on Friday night which was nice, but with BST having now ended it's going to get harder to do that.
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it's mixed.

i love having in person seminars and making new friends - it makes me happy to know i can still be sociable without being stupid :yep:

however, i miss the idea of going into people's flats and hanging out - you can't because it's their 'bubble'. regardless, i'm overall loving my course and i love my flatmates (i also love where i live and my independance).
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Disappointing. All of the things that made uni worth it last year for me have been taken away and not replaced with anything. I have one day on campus a week and no online provisions. Everything is being self-taught and I am spending most of my time alone at a kitchen table with no access to the specialist equipment, workshops, printers that would otherwise be used to build my portfolio. I feel like I am learning nothing and the lecturers are extremely unsympathetic, getting annoyed with the class who are struggling with the level of work since half of our projects got cancelled last year so we had no ease into the workload. I'm getting by but it really sucks.
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The poll lacks the option; 'It's totally worthless **** and waste of time and money'.
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(Original post by StrawberryDreams)
So 2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster (to say the least!) and starting uni this year is a big life event that has been quite a bit different.

How are you finding things if you started uni this year?

What things are you enjoying, and what things are you struggling with, if any?

How have you found the transition into uni?

Have the uni been supportive through the difficulties of the new academic year, or have you not seen much support?

Let us know your thoughts!
Second year. The same as last year in many ways: im miserable stressed and struggling financially. I get minimum which doesnt cover my rent and i get nothing from my parents. They arent even rich. I worked so hard over summer as a key worker but im still struggling. The university financial services arent open or functional and im struggling to fill out a hardship fund. The content is even more half assed cause of covid and im doing a really difficult degree with little to no support. I hate it, but i cant drop out...
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