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Hello,

Since leaving school I've went down the social sciences route, getting a HNC in Social Sciences and going to university to study sociology. I finished my first year but dropped out during my second year. I retried it a few times but dropped out again due to health and personal reasons.

I'm now going back to college to do another HNC in cyber security and hoping to get a degree from it.

I'm 23 just now so by the time I'll get back to university I'll be 25. Now I'm not worried about going to university at an older age, I'm more worried about how I'd be received as a fresher staying in halls, knowing most freshers are 18.

Anyone ever been in my position? And any of you guys that are going to university how would you feel about one of your flatmates being a 25 year old?

Cheers.
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(Original post by samrichardsonn)
Hello,

Since leaving school I've went down the social sciences route, getting a HNC in Social Sciences and going to university to study sociology. I finished my first year but dropped out during my second year. I retried it a few times but dropped out again due to health and personal reasons.

I'm now going back to college to do another HNC in cyber security and hoping to get a degree from it.

I'm 23 just now so by the time I'll get back to university I'll be 25. Now I'm not worried about going to university at an older age, I'm more worried about how I'd be received as a fresher staying in halls, knowing most freshers are 18.

Anyone ever been in my position? And any of you guys that are going to university how would you feel about one of your flatmates being a 25 year old?

Cheers.
Hello, thank you for your question.

As a current university student, I can honestly say that based on my experience, while the majority of university students are under the age of 20 when they begin their course, the age differences are rarely noticed. Furthermore, most universities do offer an option to opt for on-campus accommodation with mature students (over age of 21). Hence, this is something worth thinking about, to help you make new connections. Also, commonly there are clubs and societies you can choose to join to meet like-minded people, including those who class as mature students. All and all, I would try not to worry too much about fitting in, since there will always be people in a similar situation as yourself and in reality it is unlikely you will have any trouble with establishing new friendships.

I hope this gives you some reassurance. Let me know if you have any questions.

Best Wishes,
Kasia (4th Year Medical Neuroscience Student, MSci with a Year Abroad)
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Hello, thank you for your question.

As a current university student, I can honestly say that based on my experience, while the majority of university students are under the age of 20 when they begin their course, the age differences are rarely noticed. Furthermore, most universities do offer an option to opt for on-campus accommodation with mature students (over age of 21). Hence, this is something worth thinking about, to help you make new connections. Also, commonly there are clubs and societies you can choose to join to meet like-minded people, including those who class as mature students. All and all, I would try not to worry too much about fitting in, since there will always be people in a similar situation as yourself and in reality it is unlikely you will have any trouble with establishing new friendships.

I hope this gives you some reassurance. Let me know if you have any questions.

Best Wishes,
Kasia (4th Year Medical Neuroscience Student, MSci with a Year Abroad)
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