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life at university?

honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

heyy I’m currently studying human geography at Exeter! Absolutely love it and would highly recommend it.
Adjusting from sixth form to uni can be challenging, and it is very different but I think that’s why I love it so much.
For me, it’s been such a positive change that has helped me grow in confidence and independence.
It’s a completely new experience. I’ve really enjoyed learning a subject I love in a greater depth. It can take some time to adjust to the style of teaching and assessments in uni, but that’s completely normal.
But, I would be careful to not over-romanticise the possibilities of what uni life might be like. There are lows (as with anything in life). I struggled with homesickness in the first few weeks, and when you’re ill with freshers flu it’s the horrible knowing you can’t just have you parents make you dinner! But for all the challenges, I think uni is SO worth it for the good moments.
Best of luck! I hope you have a great time :smile:
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hello! University is often a positive change for a lot of people! Starting a new school in itself is a very new experience, but it makes it even more new when you consider how differently they treat you at university. You’re entirely responsible for your own workload and making sure you keep on track. It definitely is a change of pace for sure!

Besides that, there are also new difficulties such as adjusting to making new friendships, to being further from your family. As long as you make sure you stay acquainted with your university’s policies regarding societies, university events, wellbeing services and academic advisors, you should be well equipped to handle anything that comes your way!

Estelle
Third Year Psychology
University of Huddersfield
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!
My daughter has just finshed her 4th year at Lancaster, and for her there was changes and some that were not. She had more independence and the fact she had to cook clean budget for herself. Socially it was good for her with the societies and flatmates, things to do in the city. Study wise it was kind of similar. She still had to put in the work, and make notes when learning, but there were times where she would pull an all nighter to meet deadlines. And she would have labs and lab reports to do. Having a university library to hand was a difference. But the biggest difference was studying in one particular area. Gone were the 4 alevels, 11 gcse'. It was all down to one subject, which then branched out into her specialised subject.
The main thing is, if you are choosing a subject you enjoy doing and not just doing it because its just university.
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi @varsh_xx,

Prior to university, I was dreading the additional three years I would add to my academic journey. Like you I was worried I would be bored in university as well, living the same routine of doing the same things. I have just ended my second year in uni and I could not be any more wrong than how I felt at the start. Uni was definitely a positive change for me in all aspects of my life. Although I still have timetables for every semester, somehow everyday still feels different and classes feel more engaging. I rarely feel bored when I'm at uni and and when I'm out of uni. The initial stages of transitioning from sixth form to university was undoubtedly difficult, as I try to find my footing at this new place on my own. But once I had passed this phase and felt adjusted, I felt excited with this new lifestyle and profound sense of independence.

You will surely have troubling times throughout your uni course, but I'm sure the good times will outweigh the bad. Just make the most out of your time during uni and you'll absolutely love it!

All the best,
Danish
BCU Student Rep
Hi Varsh_xx

My name is Sophie and I am currently in my final year at Exeter. If I am completely honest with you I had the same experience whilst I was approaching the end of Sixth Form, it does become very boring and mundane. However, as a current university student, I am thrilled to let you know that university is very different. Although, of course, you will have set times for lecturers, seminars, tutorials etc, what you choose to do outside of this time is totally up to you! If you wanted to spend it catching up with reading or if you wanted to hop on the train down to beach (which I quite often like to do), or even if you wanted to have a small part-time job, there is so much more freedom. University is very independent! With out a doubt, I am sure you'll be able to fall back in love with Geography during your time at uni, as I did with Theology.

Best wishes,
Sophie, University of Exeter Student Ambassador.
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hello, I am currently studying at Lancaster! I found the transition from sixth form quite easy as I did a gap year so was already quite independent by the time I go to university. I enjoy my degree which is a huge benefit for enjoying university life, because studying doesn't feel like too much of a chore apart from during exam season. It took me a while to fully settle in and make friends, but now that I have I really like it here. I live quite a quiet life in the sense that I don't go out often, but I still go to cafes with my friends and I'm involved in lots of extracurriculars and work experience opportunities. It was definitely a completely different experience and the pace of living is really up to you. I went out a lot in my first year and really enjoyed it, whereas this year I chose to focus more on my societies and research placement and found myself equally as happy. Generally I think as long as you are responsible and don't let yourself get too behind on any work, university should be a positive experience. Also, if you get involved in a toxic circle of friends in first year, just ditch them! It's not like secondary school where you get locked into certain friendship groups. Uni is a great time to meet people that you genuinely like and enjoy spending time with.
Good luck when you start!
-Kat (2nd Year Psychology Undergraduate @ Lancaster Uni)
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi there

I definitely understand what you mean about secondary school life feeling quite robotic. I have just finished three years of University at Kent- my experience here has been really amazing. 🙂

Contrasted to Sixth from, University definitely gives students a lot more freedom in terms of what responsibilities to take on, when to study, whether to take on part time jobs, and what to do in their spare time. There will be a lot more self-study periods contrasted to sixth form, so students have a lot of freedom to decide what they will do-- which has been the largest change for me. It definitely challenged my time management and organisation skills.

I would say University life is relatively fast paced- there are many activities which students can participate (studying related and extra-curricular). You can essentially choose how much you wish to take on, so you are very much in control of what you wish to do. 🙂 I imagine for the degree you are interested in, it will definitely be a change of pace which you will enjoy. 😀

Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hey 👋

There's lots of great advice already here but I just wanted to reiterate it! I know I was ready for a new start at university after school and it definitely was a change of pace and lifestyle! I was quite introverted at school so going to university and meeting new people really pushed me out of my comfort zone but after a couple of weeks I really felt comfortable. And having that freedom to do what you want when you want was great but can be challenging too sometimes - you do have to be a bit more self-directed with study compared to sixth form, I had some big gaps between lectures some days so would go to the library to make the most of my time on campus, when I really wanted to go home and take a nap if it was a 9am lecture!

There will be ups and downs as with everything, when we were getting close to essay deadlines and exams everyone tucked themselves away for a bit, but then we'd all celebrate after finishing. And homesickness kicked in sometimes, but I knew I could still travel home for a weekend or call my family and friends to catch up with them so it balanced out.

Starting university is definitely an exciting experience and opportunity to make it your own. I hope you have the best time! 😃

Jennie
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi there,

Can I ask more about what you don't like about secondary school. Is it the lifestyle, structure, people, something else? Generally, university is totally different and you have the opportunity to make it into whatever you're looking for (though it may take some time to meet the right people). You are a lot more independent, you have a lot more free time and it's up to you to manage your own workload. I personally prefer uni much over to being at school, but I think that it depends on the individual.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Jaz - Cardiff student rep
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi @varsh_xx 😄

I've found that university was an incredibly positive change for me! I didn't have a great time at secondary school, but University has been a whole new lease of life. While it has come with much more responsibility, as you are in charge of your studies, health, wellbeing, and social life, it means you can control where you spend your time. You can find what really works for you and it can really improve your experience. Sometimes, you might find yourself swept away in the intensity of it all, but finding your support system, through your family, friends, and university resources, you can find the balance.

Wish you luck!
Jen (Uos student rep)
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi @varsh_xx ,

Lots of people start to feel this way when they are nearing the end of school and are ready for the change that going to university brings! It's great that you have plans of what you want to study and where you would like to apply to as this will really help you when it comes to applying!

I found the transition to sixth form to university not too bad in terms of workload, just because in sixth form you do a lot of work for three different subjects and while there is a lot of work to do at uni, I found the transition from sixth form to uni easier than the transition from year 11 to sixth form in terms of workload. Saying this, the transition of living away from friends and family was tricky as it can be quite scary doing this!

I found it daunting moving away from home as I used to see my friends and family all of the time so it was a big adjustment moving away from them, however I found that when I got to uni it wasn't as scary as I thought. I really enjoyed the aspect of living on my own and being independent and making friends!

Uni is a completely different experience to being at school. You are a lot more independent in terms of your work- you have a lot of independent work to do and it is up to you to make sure you are doing this. Your tutors will not chase you to make sure you are keeping up as there are so many students so it is up to you to ask if you need help. If you do need help, they will be there to answer any questions but you just have to be the one to ask! I enjoyed this though and if you are motivated to complete your work it is a great way of learning as you can go at your pace and make sure you are doing what you need to do to do well.

Living away from home is a great new experience too. You get to live independently too which is great as you get to learn to cook for yourself and just generally live by yourself. It's great meeting so many new people too and there is always someone around to talk to and do something with as you will likely be living with a group of people your age.

I would also suggest you join a society or look into joining one as these are great ways of making friends and are also really fun. They put on good socials too which are good as well as going to the actual society.

I hope some of this helps and you have a great time :smile:

Lucy -SHU student ambassador.
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Original post by CardiffUni Rep
Hi there,
Can I ask more about what you don't like about secondary school. Is it the lifestyle, structure, people, something else? Generally, university is totally different and you have the opportunity to make it into whatever you're looking for (though it may take some time to meet the right people). You are a lot more independent, you have a lot more free time and it's up to you to manage your own workload. I personally prefer uni much over to being at school, but I think that it depends on the individual.
I hope this helps.
All the best,
Jaz - Cardiff student rep

I think the studies are boring me, especially my other subjects other than geography haha!
Mostly, it's the repetitive routine week after week, and a lack of time to do clubs and no PE between the immense workload of a levels - i'm really social so i feel like i'm not doing anything stimulating enough because it's taking all my time to keep my grades up right now
Also, the people are getting a bit too familiar, its the same faces i've seen for 7 years and many fallouts and a small year group don't work well together loll
Thank you everyone for all your advice! I hope I can make university into an exciting opportunity, studying the subject i love :smile:
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi @varsh_xx

I was in a similar position to you last year prior to starting my first year at university. Now after completing my first year, I couldn't emphasise enough how much of a positive change going to university has been.

My sixth form was very similar to secondary school life, with a busy timetable and still not being treated like an adult. When I came to university, I began being treated in a mature manner and having a timetable which gave me much more flexibility (this differs for each course) and it was such a relief! The university experience still focuses on education, so you may still have the similar experience as before in aspects like studying, classes and more. However you will be much more in control of your education and you also have the opportunity to focus on a topic your passionate about.

There will be new challenges along the way, such as living independently if you are moving out. I personally had to develop better self-discipline and financial skills.

University is a big change however it will present you with the opportunity to grow and develop, so don't be too worried!

Hope this helped,
- Sophia (Business and Management)
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by varsh_xx
I think the studies are boring me, especially my other subjects other than geography haha!
Mostly, it's the repetitive routine week after week, and a lack of time to do clubs and no PE between the immense workload of a levels - i'm really social so i feel like i'm not doing anything stimulating enough because it's taking all my time to keep my grades up right now
Also, the people are getting a bit too familiar, its the same faces i've seen for 7 years and many fallouts and a small year group don't work well together loll
Thank you everyone for all your advice! I hope I can make university into an exciting opportunity, studying the subject i love :smile:

Hi there,

If these are your main concerns at school, then I think that you might find university (specifically your first year) refreshing! You would generally have much more time to be social, do sports and explore the city alongside your workload. However, as your course gets more intense, you may need to spend much more time working so make sure that you enjoy it and aren't just joining for the lifestyle. Let me know if you have any questions!

All the best,
Jaz - Cardiff student rep
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi @varsh_xx

First of all, just to say, what a great question. I am a student studying Theatre and Performance Practice at the University of Salford, so slightly different to a Physical Geography degree. That being said, I would still give the same advice. As you probably know there are a whole range of options after you have finished sixth form whether that’s university, an apprenticeship, or going straight into work. It depends on what is right for you. It sounds like you’re really doing your research on studying at university which is brilliant.

University can be a positive experience in so many ways. For example, I have loved studying one subject in more detail surrounded by like-minded coursemates who are just as passionate about theatre. University is also a great stepping stone for living independently if you choose to move away from home to study. University has been a wonderful opportunity for me to find “my people”, I have made some of my best friends whilst at university some through my course, some through working as a student ambassador, and some through societies. (If you aren’t familiar with societies, they are clubs and vary from university to university.) For example, at my university, I have joined the archery and mature students' society and have so much fun!

Going to university is not without its challenges, because it’s a big change to sixth form in some ways, juggling studying, and living independently sometimes for the first time. So don’t be afraid to contact the student support services experienced in helping new students. If you chat with your university friends, you will often find you aren’t the only one struggling to balance everything at times.

I would say whichever university you decide upon it is well worth attending an open day to chat with the students and tutors, see the facilities, and most importantly check if it feels like the right place for you.

I hope that helps.

Lucy 😊
(Official Student Ambassador Rep)
Original post by varsh_xx
honestly, i'm just getting bored of secondary school life now that i've done this same routine for almost 7 years
i'm trying to get into a russell group for a physical geography degree, and i was wondering if university will be a positive change for me?
will it be a brand new experience? because i just want a change of pace, to be honest
i'm applying to lancaster, leicester, durham, exeter, and maybe southampton
tell me about your experiences with change from sixth form to uni, too!

Hi there!

I am studying physical geography at the University of Exeter and I absolutely love it. I understand how furthering your education might seem stressful and you might want a break from the studying, but in my experience, life at university is completely different to anything you have done before. It is a great environment for meeting new people through societies, sports and/or your department and finding what you are truly interested in. You have complete control of what you want to do and how you want to spend your time (apart from scheduled lectures and exams) and there are so many different things you can get involved in that you will definitely not be bored! I also wanted a change of pace coming from high school and was so eager to meet new people and have new experiences and although I was stressed that I would not feel comfortable in a new environment I really did manage to get everything I wanted out of it. I have been at Exeter for 5 years now and each year I would completely change my routine to what suited me best at the time. Sometimes I would be more involved in sports and socials and sometimes just find other things such as cooking and walks to fill up my day. With the help of the career zone it is also fairly simple to get a job either with the university or a student job in town which are also flexible and add a bit more to your daily dynamic.

I definitely think its a great experience and it gives you the perfect medium to explore your passions, gain life-long friendships and try new things!

I hope this helps and if you have any more questions about life at university of physical geography at Exeter please do reach out😊

Laura
Exeter University Student Ambassador

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