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    I've heard so many stories of people at university getting hammered, failing their first year because they always want to get wasted each night. On open days to some universities, they even said "oh you only need so and so a percentage to pass, so spend each night getting wasted, it's the best thing about first year". I constantly hear people in RL and on TSR talking about how much they're looking forward to the freedom university gives you to get p*ssed all the time.

    I'm not like that at all. I want to socialise in a mature way, drink the odd alcoholic beverage to loosen up, but I don't want to get wasted out of my mind because:

    a) It's damaging physically and emotionally
    b) It's shallow and there's more to life
    c) I don't want to fail my degree
    d) I don't want to waste my money when university already costs LOADS

    So have I got some misconceptions about it all? Is university just one massive party where people just drink till they can't drink no more? Or is university not like that?
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    Get up. Go to uni. Make notes in lectures. Do assignments in library. Go out. Drink. Dance. Sleep.

    Repeat.

    Add in the occasional night in/flat party/going to cinema/playing football. And pretty much sums it up.
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    (Original post by ChrisLincoln)
    Get up. Go to uni. Make notes in lectures. Do assignments in library. Go out. Drink. Dance. Sleep.

    Repeat.

    Add in the occasional night in/flat party/going to cinema/playing football. And pretty much sums it up.
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    It is what you make of it, you know? If you want to get trashed 7 days a week you can, as long as you've got the constitution and the cash, but it's hardly a necessity. There will be plenty of opportunities to socialise in approximately teetotal fashion, and plenty of like-minded people to do it with. Personally, I like a nice balance. All things in moderate, including distinctly immoderate boozing. :p:
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    It is if you want it to be....

    I don't drink and I know a lot of others who don't drink, plus a lot of people who drink moderately and a fair few piss heads too ... different strokes and all that
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    not another one.
    yes, its pretty much exacally like american pie where its just a massive drinking contest/orgy
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    (Original post by breakthru)
    I've heard so many stories of people at university getting hammered, failing their first year because they always want to get wasted each night. On open days to some universities, they even said "oh you only need so and so a percentage to pass, so spend each night getting wasted, it's the best thing about first year". I constantly hear people in RL and on TSR talking about how much they're looking forward to the freedom university gives you to get p*ssed all the time.

    I'm not like that at all. I want to socialise in a mature way, drink the odd alcoholic beverage to loosen up, but I don't want to get wasted out of my mind because:

    a) It's damaging physically and emotionally
    b) It's shallow and there's more to life
    c) I don't want to fail my degree
    d) I don't want to waste my money when university already costs LOADS

    So have I got some misconceptions about it all? Is university just one massive party where people just drink till they can't drink no more? Or is university not like that?
    I'm the same as you, OP; and at university I filled my time with mentoring, journalism and politics, as well as having various jobs (temporary, part-time and permanent full-time). There's plenty to do without drinking.
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    Study philosophy, being hammered automatically gets you a 2.1.

    Being stoned gets you a first :top:
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    (Original post by breakthru)
    On open days to some universities, they even said "oh you only need so and so a percentage to pass, so spend each night getting wasted, it's the best thing about first year".
    People always massively exaggerate such things in order to impress those they are talking to.

    (Original post by breakthru)
    I constantly hear people in RL and on TSR talking about how much they're looking forward to the freedom university gives you to get p*ssed all the time.

    I'm not like that at all. I want to socialise in a mature way, drink the odd alcoholic beverage to loosen up, but I don't want to get wasted out of my mind
    Another benefit of university is that there are so many people there that you are almost certain to find a group of people there with similar interests to yourself. Once you do you can use the freedom that people are always harping on about to do as you please.
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    I get the impression people think their are just two options at university. Either be a sociable drunk who fails everything or an introverted geek who gets the first. You can still do very well if you go out often and get hammered, as long as you get down to it when it's time to work. It's all about time management.
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    (Original post by Audrey Hepburn)
    Study philosophy, being hammered automatically gets you a 2.1.

    Being stoned gets you a first :top:
    Wickaaad. :awesome:
    The next 3 years look bright by your description.

    Except I don't drink or take drugs so I'll have to settle for a 3rd :sad:
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    (Original post by Deano88)
    I get the impression people think their are just two options at university. Either be a sociable drunk who fails everything or an introverted geek who gets the first. You can still do very well if you go out often and get hammered, as long as you get down to it when it's time to work. It's all about time management.
    I agree with this. It depends very much on which University you attend too. Oxbridge, Imperial and Durham would have a high proportion of the introverted geeks and student at, say ... Nottingham Trent or Sheffield Hallam (no offense to anyone at either of these institutions, I'm just aware that they have reputations) are much more likely to get hammered every night (though both types of student obviously exist at all universities, it's just that the ratio differs). If you go somewhere like Reading, Liverpool or Manchester then it's probably closer to 50:50.

    But as quoted above, there's much more of a scale.
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    University is what you make it. It doesn't have to be a big drinking fest!
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    (Original post by somethingbeautiful)
    Wickaaad. :awesome:
    The next 3 years look bright by your description.

    Except I don't drink or take drugs so I'll have to settle for a 3rd :sad:
    You could sniff glue and go for a 2.2 :ahee:
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    Yes and no. It can be if you want it to be, many people don't want this, so for them it's not.
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    Tbh my first year was a liiiitttle bit like that.

    But uni is what you make of it -there'll be plenty of people who don't drink etc. and no ones gonna judge / force you to drink alcohol!
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    I only went out drinking once during uni. I found it far nicer to have people in my corridor coming into my room and talking to me, or me going into theirs.

    Sure, there are loads of people drinking but there's bound to be a fair few people who aren't
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    (Original post by breakthru)
    I've heard so many stories of people at university getting hammered, failing their first year because they always want to get wasted each night. On open days to some universities, they even said "oh you only need so and so a percentage to pass, so spend each night getting wasted, it's the best thing about first year". I constantly hear people in RL and on TSR talking about how much they're looking forward to the freedom university gives you to get p*ssed all the time.

    I'm not like that at all. I want to socialise in a mature way, drink the odd alcoholic beverage to loosen up, but I don't want to get wasted out of my mind because:

    a) It's damaging physically and emotionally
    b) It's shallow and there's more to life
    c) I don't want to fail my degree
    d) I don't want to waste my money when university already costs LOADS
    So have I got some misconceptions about it all? Is university just one massive party where people just drink till they can't drink no more? Or is university not like that?
    lol at people who think that £9k tuition and forgone earnings of the minimum wages is "loads". Ah, I do love being upper middle class
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    (Original post by Craig_D)
    I agree with this. It depends very much on which University you attend too. Oxbridge, Imperial and Durham would have a high proportion of the introverted geeks and student at, say ... Nottingham Trent or Sheffield Hallam (no offense to anyone at either of these institutions, I'm just aware that they have reputations) are much more likely to get hammered every night (though both types of student obviously exist at all universities, it's just that the ratio differs). If you go somewhere like Reading, Liverpool or Manchester then it's probably closer to 50:50.

    But as quoted above, there's much more of a scale.

    congrats on making that garbage up when you have attended neither
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    I dont really like drinking i.e being out of control, looking an idiot and I also get the worlds worst hangovers, so I havent been drunk for about 6 months ... do you think this will affect my time at uni/making friends? I still go out, but sometimes end up getting bored and going home.
 
 
 
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