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Starting university at 21/22

hello!
i was wondering if anyone on here could offer me some kind advice :smile:
i am coming to terms with the fact that i will be starting university at 21 (and will be turning 22 in first year and finishing my degree at 24).
i didn’t plan this at all, i achieved top GCSEs and good A levels and I have had a lot of opportunities to study pretty much anything I’ve actually wanted to study. I hope this doesn’t come across as boasting, it’s just that I can’t help but feel that I’ve ‘wasted’ these chances all because I feel uncomfortable with change and I am completely clueless about what degree to do. I have no idea what career I’d like in the future, and although I’m aware that most careers do not require any specific degree, I’m scared to commit to one thing or another incase I decide in the future I’d like to switch to something specialised (sorry to be vague here but hopefully this makes sense). I have already given university a go and I’ve moved into halls etc and I have come to the decision that halls are not for me, I feel very depressed and homesick here and I just know I won’t be able to be happy so far away from home. I’m extremely close with my family and I have really enjoyed my routine when living with them, not to mention how expensive it is for them to fund me living in halls for a degree that I may not end up using in the future.

In short, through a series of learning curves, I’ve ended up not being able to settle at university on a degree programme and I am now 20 and a half years old.
I would like to know if anyone could reassure me that starting university at 21/22 isn’t considered ‘too old’ ? I know you can start uni whenever you like no matter how old you are, but I’m worried i won’t find proper friends since a lot of people finish university at 20/21!!
Original post by cheribebe
hello!
i was wondering if anyone on here could offer me some kind advice :smile:
i am coming to terms with the fact that i will be starting university at 21 (and will be turning 22 in first year and finishing my degree at 24).
i didn’t plan this at all, i achieved top GCSEs and good A levels and I have had a lot of opportunities to study pretty much anything I’ve actually wanted to study. I hope this doesn’t come across as boasting, it’s just that I can’t help but feel that I’ve ‘wasted’ these chances all because I feel uncomfortable with change and I am completely clueless about what degree to do. I have no idea what career I’d like in the future, and although I’m aware that most careers do not require any specific degree, I’m scared to commit to one thing or another incase I decide in the future I’d like to switch to something specialised (sorry to be vague here but hopefully this makes sense). I have already given university a go and I’ve moved into halls etc and I have come to the decision that halls are not for me, I feel very depressed and homesick here and I just know I won’t be able to be happy so far away from home. I’m extremely close with my family and I have really enjoyed my routine when living with them, not to mention how expensive it is for them to fund me living in halls for a degree that I may not end up using in the future.

In short, through a series of learning curves, I’ve ended up not being able to settle at university on a degree programme and I am now 20 and a half years old.
I would like to know if anyone could reassure me that starting university at 21/22 isn’t considered ‘too old’ ? I know you can start uni whenever you like no matter how old you are, but I’m worried i won’t find proper friends since a lot of people finish university at 20/21!!


21 is nowhere near too old. I shared uni classes with people from 18 to 36 years old. One of the guys I have all my classes with is 24, some are 22, nobody cares. It all depends on what degree you're doing but being older can actually be a great thing if you have to do projects or write assignments on work based situations.

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