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I'm 25 years old and applied to go to Uni in September. I did go back in 2016, but at the time it just wasn't right for me. Thankfully with a bit of life experience I feel ready to go back again! However, I'm just worried that I won't fit in, because of my age. Has anybody else ever been in the same boat? I also feel more nervous because it's a creative course and not healthcare/law etc.
You'll be fine, honestly. I bet nobody will even notice your age to be honest, 25 is still young. Unless you start bringing it up with people, it will be a non-issue, but even if you do bring it up really it won't matter.
The difference between a 25 year old and a school leaver is not that large honestly, you will fit in fairly easily I imagine. I'd have though even more so for a creative course since they tend to attract people from a variety of backgrounds too.
Hello,

I started University as a mature student (I started at 26) and have made some great friends. Fitting in was something I was worried about to
You find at University there is a mixture of ages.

Good luck with starting University :smile:


Rebecca York St John Student Ambassador
Reply 4
I was in a similar situation to you.
You may notice a difference in life experience but if you mix in, you will be fine.🙂

To be honest, I went back as a mature student and the students aged around 18/19 were more 'mature' than the mature students in the mature students' society which I joined.:biggrin:
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I went back to university at the grand 'old' age of 33 and had a fantastic time! :biggrin:

My course (an MA programme) was a mixture of ages. Some of my course mates were 20/21 and had come straight from their undergraduate degree programmes, whereas others were mature students like myself who'd had a break from education for various reasons. So the youngest person on my course was 20 and the oldest was in their 60s!

The fact that we were all students - studying the same things, encountering the same challenges etc. - helped us to gel together regardless of age.

As others here have said, there's often a mix of ages at university - a lot of people probably won't even notice you're a 'mature' student unless you mention it! I also think it's becoming more common for people to take some time out between their school/college studies and going to university.

It's also worth looking out for additional support and welcome events for mature students. At Keele, we offer a range of extra support to help mature students transition into university life (https://www.keele.ac.uk/students/lifeoutsideofstudy/supportingourdiversecommunity/maturestudents/), plus the SU and the university run some specific social events to help mature students meet each other.

Hope that helps and best of luck with your course! :smile:

Amy Louise
Student Ambassador, Keele University
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by MilEvans97
I'm 25 years old and applied to go to Uni in September. I did go back in 2016, but at the time it just wasn't right for me. Thankfully with a bit of life experience I feel ready to go back again! However, I'm just worried that I won't fit in, because of my age. Has anybody else ever been in the same boat? I also feel more nervous because it's a creative course and not healthcare/law etc.

Nah, you'll fit in.

Really, as long as you're not very socially awkward and is at least a little mature, you'd do OK in university.
I started university at 25 and still had the full social experience. I was out with my classmates everyday after lectures. :smile:
You will be great!

I was really worried going back to Uni that I would stick out amongst a sea of 18-year-olds, and not find my place at all. However, Uni life is wonderfully diverse and there will be lots of different people that you will socialise with I am sure.

For me, age hasn't come up and although when I started Uni I made contact with the mature student society, I haven't been to a lot of events with them. I have been able to find people on my course and people I work with of all different age groups to spend time and company with.

It is also favourable in some instances as you have that life experience and understanding that for me has definitely been a benefit. I find that being at Uni as a mature student I am more confident and more myself than I have ever been before.

I wish you the best of luck on you course and know you will have a great experience

Luke - Portsmouth Student Rep
Reply 9
Original post by 1582
I started university at 25 and still had the full social experience. I was out with my classmates everyday after lectures. :smile:


Ah amazing! This is what I would love out of the experience, the social aspect of it makes the whole thing so much better! :smile:

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