I want to study abroad in the UK for a semester (or even a year) and I was attracted to Durham because of the unique experience it seems to offer, I've always wanted to have that boarding school close-knit community experience and it does look like it provides an irl Hogwarts experience lol.
However, I see a lot of mixed opinions about the social life. I'm an extroverted introvert, I don't care if there aren't many clubs or anything (I'm not interested in partying uni), and the formals and balls seem cool since in my country we only see that in movies, but it worries me I might get treated differently or get victimized in some way for being a foreigner.
I'm not working class but I am from DR so I'm not sure where I fall. The UK seems to have a very segregated class system and sometimes people just seem biased and it's unclear how bad the "posh" people or 'rahs' that keep being mentioned in the forum actually are.
Then again some guy said in a post/article he received casual racism and other microaggressions and I don't think I can handle that.
To be fair, I'm not necessarily exotic looking, I'm of Mediterranean descent and on the pale side ("white-passing" in the US), and I've only received microaggressions until after I said where I'm from or spoke Spanish, but I've never been to the UK and I don't know if in the UK they care as much as ppl in the US do about these things. Even if I "pass" in the UK I don't wanna feel like I'm walking on eggshells bc of something as trivial as nationality nor can I handle seeing someone being a victim of that behaviour.
It scares me that it is just a gated community for privileged cliquey kids to use others as punching bags and get away with it (I went to a private high school and it was like that so I'm trying to avoid another traumatic experience). at the same time, it seems like I could be worrying over nothing.
can someone give me any insight into their experiences if they relate to me in any way? Or recommend an university that would provide a similar experience without that inconvenience?