What is university like?Watch
Student life, in partnership with UEA
University is different because of the independence and routine that you create for yourself. You are not just changing an academic level but it is a whole lifestyle change.
A-Levels and BTECS definitely help you to adjust to university level. You start to develop your own writing style and look at referencing. You will find your independence, you cannot submit drafts for marking and you have to manage all your own deadlines. Independent study also increases.
However, this independence is great because it is freedom! You can choose your own activities, times and routine. It is great to start cooking for yourself and handling your own budget and money.
You will also meet a lot of different people from various walks of life. I have really broadened my circles from my college in a small town.
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University is very different to when I went to college, but I guess it all depends on where you went! The biggest difference for me is the independence - at college, the teachers gave you work to do and would chase you up on things if incomplete. The thing with University is that lecturers don't do that, so it's up to you to make sure you're on track and on top of everything A planner becomes your best friend.
But, I would say it's made me into a much more able / stronger person coming to University as I feel very independent, and don't necessarily feel the need to always rely on other people (but everyone's University experience can be different!).
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