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Hey everyone! Im currently studying at Cambridge and am very much enjoying the course, despite how challenging its been in the last two terms. At the start of uni, I made an effort to try and be as sociable as possible to try and make friends, although at the start this was going better than expected, as I made a few friends. Over time I noticed those who I had spoken to had made other closer friends, over time this really dampened my time at university, especially after trying and failing to reengage with those I had made friends with at the start.

Only recently I decided to stop using social media so much and to try to remove the pressure of making friends I had been putting on myself. Since then my positivity has gone up significantly, as has productivity, and am genuinely pleased to return to how I was a few years a go. Although I would love to find some lasting friends in the next few years!

How has everyones University experience been?
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Hey everyone! Im currently studying at Cambridge and am very much enjoying the course, despite how challenging its been in the last two terms. At the start of uni, I made an effort to try and be as sociable as possible to try and make friends, although at the start this was going better than expected, as I made a few friends. Over time I noticed those who I had spoken to had made other closer friends, over time this really dampened my time at university, especially after trying and failing to reengage with those I had made friends with at the start.

Only recently I decided to stop using social media so much and to try to remove the pressure of making friends I had been putting on myself. Since then my positivity has gone up significantly, as has productivity, and am genuinely pleased to return to how I was a few years a go. Although I would love to find some lasting friends in the next few years!

How has everyones University experience been?
Have you investigated what support there is for autistic students at Cambridge? I'm sure that there must be something.
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**** happens.
I hope it gets better for you.
I’m not at Cambridge , I’m at Hertfordshire , but I have autism as well. I’m in second year and haven’t got any friends at the university.
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Have you investigated what support there is for autistic students at Cambridge? I'm sure that there must be something.
Ive never really had support throughout school and college, but its certainly something ill consider, thanks!
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**** happens.
I hope it gets better for you.
I’m not at Cambridge , I’m at Hertfordshire , but I have autism as well. I’m in second year and haven’t got any friends at the university.
I did hear somebody say, many people find their true friends in 2nd and 3rd year, so thats something to be positive about!
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I did hear somebody say, many people find their true friends in 2nd and 3rd year, so thats something to be positive about!
Yeah I agree, the logic makes sense. People are more serious in those years so more careful of making friends with people more serious (naturally people with Aspergers do give off serious vibes)


I’m not too fussed, I’ve like yourself, noticed that if you focus on the work; it’s actually not that bad
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Yeah I agree, the logic makes sense. People are more serious in those years so more careful of making friends with people more serious (naturally people with Aspergers do give off serious vibes)


I’m not too fussed, I’ve like yourself, noticed that if you focus on the work; it’s actually not that bad
Yeah thats a good point, and I guess the most important thing about university is the work itself, so that should be the greatest priority
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Ive never really had support throughout school and college, but its certainly something ill consider, thanks!
Are you in receipt of the DSA?
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Are you in receipt of the DSA?
No, not currently
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don't worry about friends... just work your ass off & get a good job at the end.
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No, not currently
It might be worth enquiring, as you can use the funding for things like a Specialist Support Mentor.

https://www.disability.admin.cam.ac....edical-helpers
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Yeah thats a good point, and I guess the most important thing about university is the work itself, so that should be the greatest priority
Yeah. I’ve been to uni before so tbh, for me, I’ve had the social side before
Hopefully it’s better for you these two years!
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