A little uni rant. Can anyone else relate?

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Do any other first-year uni students feel like they missed out on so much? I saw my friends at uni last year having a blast, finding new friends, and enjoying uni life but now that I'm a uni student I didn't get to experience any of it, instead, I'm stuck at home.
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Do any other first-year uni students feel like they missed out on so much? I saw my friends at uni last year having a blast, finding new friends, and enjoying uni life but now that I'm a uni student I didn't get to experience any of it, instead, I'm stuck at home.
I’m in the exact same position as well. However I really like university being online and lectures being prerecorded and staying at home. My working environment is homely and familiar, I can make my own routine for myself, prioritise myself, and I’m a naturally independent, introverted and self-autonomous person anyway who hates relying and depending on other people and enjoys spending time on my own. Maybe I’m in the minority but lockdown and online university has definitely benefited me.
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I’m in the exact same position as well. However I really like university being online and lectures being prerecorded and staying at home. My working environment is homely and familiar, I can make my own routine for myself, prioritise myself, and I’m a naturally independent, introverted and self-autonomous person anyway who hates relying and depending on other people and enjoys spending time on my own. Maybe I’m in the minority but lockdown and online university has definitely benefited me.
I'm similar to you, I'm quite introverted myself so I really wanted uni to be a place where I can step out of my comfort zone and meet new people. I also enjoy online uni quite a lot, I just want to be back in uni halls, but still have lectures online 😂
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Do any other first-year uni students feel like they missed out on so much? I saw my friends at uni last year having a blast, finding new friends, and enjoying uni life but now that I'm a uni student I didn't get to experience any of it, instead, I'm stuck at home.
Yes! Literally I feel like I have missed out on my entire 1st year of university. I never had a single in-person class or tutorial yet I was tricked by the promise of hybrid-teaching into going into halls. I lived in halls for like, 3 months total... and then was forced to move home. Online learning is a complete drag, I started out as a Fine Art student, but having to work from my room instead of in a studio environment made me so depressed I ended up completely changing out of my course and switching to History of Art and Japanese Language (which is making me happier, but barely, since online learning is ****). I managed to make one really good friend and we are moving out together as soon as possible, but I feel so sorry for the other freshers this year who were unable to make any friends due to Covid and are expected to move out on their own next year as well...
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Do any other first-year uni students feel like they missed out on so much? I saw my friends at uni last year having a blast, finding new friends, and enjoying uni life but now that I'm a uni student I didn't get to experience any of it, instead, I'm stuck at home.
Everyone at various stages of life has lost a year of social interaction.
their is a lot im personally very disappointed to have missed albeit im probably a few years older then you.

Its the unfortunate collateral of a pandemic.
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Do any other first-year uni students feel like they missed out on so much? I saw my friends at uni last year having a blast, finding new friends, and enjoying uni life but now that I'm a uni student I didn't get to experience any of it, instead, I'm stuck at home.
Hey,

I'm in my final year studying the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Strathclyde. This wasn't how I expected the last year of my degree to be like but I've still managed to keep in touch with my friends and family and make the most of it given the circumstances. Our course finishes next month and usually the Diploma ball committee would plan a Diploma Ball for the end of the semester. However, there is hope that we can plan something once the pandemic has settled

Do you have a daily routine? I've tried to keep to the same routine that I've had pre-pandemic. I plan a week in advance in my diary so I know what deadlines I've got coming up and I make small lists for each day too. This helps me see what I've managed to do, even though sometimes I don't get everything on my list finished. I also worry a bit less if I can see that I've been productive and kept busy

I get up and go out a walk in the morning as I’d usually walk the last 15 minutes of my commute to uni. I do my uni work in my office so that other areas such as the living room and kitchen are non uni work spaces. I try and exercise everyday whether it's going out for a walk or a run in the afternoon. I enjoy cooking and watching new series on Netflix. I usually leave my weekends study free so that I'm taking time out for myself. I also go for socially distanced walks with my friends and this gives me something to look forward to

If you ever want to chat, feel free to DM me.

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I feel you, it must be frustrating when the majority of your course is 'practical based' (if I can call it that), I was also in uni halls for 3 months, but luckily I had wonderful flatmates so I enjoyed it, but being at home really makes me so jealous of everyone back at halls, even though they're staying indoors the majority of the time, I'd rather be there and live as a student.
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Hey,

I'm in my final year studying the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Strathclyde. This wasn't how I expected the last year of my degree to be like but I've still managed to keep in touch with my friends and family and make the most of it given the circumstances. Our course finishes next month and usually the Diploma ball committee would plan a Diploma Ball for the end of the semester. However, there is hope that we can plan something once the pandemic has settled

Do you have a daily routine? I've tried to keep to the same routine that I've had pre-pandemic. I plan a week in advance in my diary so I know what deadlines I've got coming up and I make small lists for each day too. This helps me see what I've managed to do, even though sometimes I don't get everything on my list finished. I also worry a bit less if I can see that I've been productive and kept busy

I get up and go out a walk in the morning as I’d usually walk the last 15 minutes of my commute to uni. I do my uni work in my office so that other areas such as the living room and kitchen are non uni work spaces. I try and exercise everyday whether it's going out for a walk or a run in the afternoon. I enjoy cooking and watching new series on Netflix. I usually leave my weekends study free so that I'm taking time out for myself. I also go for socially distanced walks with my friends and this gives me something to look forward to

If you ever want to chat, feel free to DM me.

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My uni work is taking up the majority of my time, so my routine is just that. I want to do things like painting or reading but the fact that I could be doing work while I'm having some me-time stresses me out and I just don't find things I enjoy very relaxing.
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My uni work is taking up the majority of my time, so my routine is just that. I want to do things like painting or reading but the fact that I could be doing work while I'm having some me-time stresses me out and I just don't find things I enjoy very relaxing.
Sorry to hear that I always felt bad about taking time out to do things I enjoy as I would be thinking I should be doing uni work. We all need breaks or else we'll burn out. Take some time out to do painting and reading even if it's for half an hour each day and try not to think too much about the uni work you've got to do during this time

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My uni work is taking up the majority of my time, so my routine is just that. I want to do things like painting or reading but the fact that I could be doing work while I'm having some me-time stresses me out and I just don't find things I enjoy very relaxing.
Try to make the most of what you've got -- yeah, I know that it's been tough on everyone, but try to see light in the situation. Hopefully, things will improve by the time you reach 3rd/4th year, by which time everyone should catch up on socialising etc. I'm quite glad to be home atm, for instance - that wouldn't have happened without COVID (not that I'm saying it's a wonderful situation to be in -- I also had the virus bad last year).

Managing time and finding self-motivation to study has been tough, though spacing it out with a walk or video call is something I totally recommend. Also, maybe try reading something as an escape just before your head hits the pillow, that should distance you from your work before sleep.


Whilst I'd love to take an entire weekend off from my course, that isn't quite possible on my side! Still, time management would allow you to get closer to that...
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