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caz86Twister Fire Starter ridin on a tratter
156 posts
Location: Bristol/Exeter UK


Posted:
Hey people, I just got my exam results and I've got into my chosen university (wahoo!) but now I'm scared. I'm gunna be moving away from home and the work looks really hard! So I was wondering a) how many of you guys are students..and do you have any advice?! b)is anyone here from Exeter Uni and can I spin fire on campus?!



Cheers you lurvely people!



Caz

Caz


Mags The JediGOLD Member
Fool
2,020 posts
Location: Cornwall, UK


Posted:
I know very little about Exeter, other than it's now part of the CUC (Combined Universities of Cornwall) same as Falmouth. My ex-ex-ex-gf goes there too, and she seems to like it, but she doesn't spin (knew there was something amiss there wink) so not sure about the rules. Still, there are occasionally some good gigs in Exeter,so make sure you bring a Mags sized couch when you move down and we'll come rescue you from boredom. smile

Oh, yeah, and congratulations. biggrin

"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988


majikenthusiast
231 posts
Location: Byron Bay Australia


Posted:
YAY!!bounce
congrats!!!
I can't give you any advise cos I didn't even finish high school but I just wanted to say congradulations and good luck.:)
ubblovemajik

Live, love, laugh and dance!


mrFlibbleSILVER Member
Ghostbuster
455 posts
Location: York, UK


Posted:
I went to exeter Uni and graduated in 2000 smile
i didnt even know about poi at the time so i dont know what its like for spinning, but there is plenty of open ground where you could do it.
i really enjoyed going to exeter uni. maybe you could make it your mission to bring poi to the students there biggrin

UCOFSILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
15,414 posts
Location: United Kingdom


Posted:
Congratulations my now fellow student!

Being a student is great fun!, i myself, have chosen to fail my first year, just so that i can be a student for 5 years, instead of 4 biggrin

So what did I learn:
Teabags can be used upto and includig 5 times.
Freshers week in one of the best weeks of the year.
The first year is easy (I just fooked it up...which leds me to my next point)
Dont smoke too much. Smoke by all means. Just not too much. This is what I did wrong.
Living in halls is great.
Lots of shops near universities do student discounts...always ask them.
Universities are really badly organised.
Email is(at the Uni of Kent anyway) the only way for people to contact you. THis is really stupid and leads to lots of problems.
Find out who your personal tutor is and get to know them well....they are VERY helpful.

Apart from that, good luck, have fun, stay safe. Dont do anything I wouldnt do, but if you do, then take pictures wink

caz86Twister Fire Starter ridin on a tratter
156 posts
Location: Bristol/Exeter UK


Posted:
Thanx for the advice. And Mags.. I wasn't intending on buying a sofa....but your welcome to floor space if ya like! Vive la TRAMPYNESS!

Caz

Caz


Puresockaddict
406 posts
Location: Oxford, UK


Posted:
I think my main bit of advice for uni is to go out and meet like-minded people. I didn't get on that well with my corridor mates in halls so I decided to go and join the societies I was interested in. And so I found myself in the bar with a bunch of people I've never met before, and a couple of those people are some of my best mates now.

Taking pictures is a particularly good idea, actually. It is a total student cliche, but pictures are good.

I second what UCOF says on all counts, really.
Universities really are badly organised, in my experience. Above all, figure out quickly how to pass your course. Worry about everything else, like actually understanding the course, afterwards.

You can afford to miss your 9 o'clock lecture. You can afford to miss your 5pm lecture. You can afford to miss everything else in between, if you're good at it. You cannot afford to miss your coursework. You cannot afford to miss out on all the fun everyone is having around you. biggrin

"Take that, math!"


BethMiss Whippy
1,262 posts
Location: Cornwall & Oxford


Posted:
Congrats Caz! I'm in exactly the same boat, i got my exam results and got into my first choice and am also very scared frown

I know some people at exeter and they love it, dont know any spinners there though... i'm sure there'll be a circus skills society there, and if there isnt, you can start one and get to meet all kinds of like-minded people biggrin

peace

Aim high and you'll know your limits, aim low and you'll never know how high you could have climbed.


caz86Twister Fire Starter ridin on a tratter
156 posts
Location: Bristol/Exeter UK


Posted:
What if there are no like minded people :0... I mean I am a bit of a freak!

Which uni are you into Beth?

Caz

Caz


Rouge DragonBRONZE Member
Insert Champagne Here
13,215 posts
Location: without class distinction, Australia


Posted:
congratulations! i'm nervous about what's happening with me and uni (my placement comes out 17th jan)

i was speaking to my friend yesterday about her advice for uni and she said that you should live on res (and listening to UCOF, i'm guessing that's "halls" in the UK) because you have a much better chance of making friends.

but congratulation for makiing it in (and to Beth as well!)

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...


Mags The JediGOLD Member
Fool
2,020 posts
Location: Cornwall, UK


Posted:
Written by: caz86


Thanx for the advice. And Mags.. I wasn't intending on buying a sofa....but your welcome to floor space if ya like! Vive la TRAMPYNESS!

Caz




Floors are good hmmkay?

Same goes if you ever wanna jump on a train to Falmouth and hang out on the beach.

Except i have lots of nice sofas. smile

devil

"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988


BethMiss Whippy
1,262 posts
Location: Cornwall & Oxford


Posted:
i'm going to be at oxford brookes, they have the best publishing course in europe (recognised by lots of big publishing houses), i'm so chuffed! but it does mean i have to leave cornwall and all my friends frown i'm gonna be living in halls for the first year for definite, its the best way to make new friends, that and freshers week! smile

Aim high and you'll know your limits, aim low and you'll never know how high you could have climbed.


caz86Twister Fire Starter ridin on a tratter
156 posts
Location: Bristol/Exeter UK


Posted:
Congrats Beth!

Caz


flidBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,136 posts
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom


Posted:
I graduated from uni this year and in my time i learnt:

Teabags can be used upto and includig 5 times, but after 2 they don't work quite as well.
Freshers week in one of the worst weeks of the year. 7000 students, venues can't hold more than a couple of thousand. Thus all the existing students buy all the tickets before freshers know they exist. Then they try to sell them to the freshers for silly money, which silly international students buy off them.
The first year is easy, and i got to do it twice because I changed to a better course after the first one without even remotely the Alevel grades required. If you completely flunk alevels then it's worth finding a good department offering a crap course, with the view to change when they see you arn't that bad.
The only poor students I knew at uni smoked too much, bought too many DVDs etc. Help them cut down, but borrowing them off them for extended periods.
Living in halls is great, if you're lucky enough to get good accomodation within a 25 min walk of campus, which is unlikely if you apply through clearing.
Lots of shops near universities do student discounts...always ask them.
Universities are really badly organised.
Most lecturers are completely incompetant
Those that arn't generally can't teach for sh*t
Email is the only way for lecturers to contact you. They generally send really important emails a few hours before the event, and even computer geeks like me don't check them that often. I lost 30% in one of my courses in the final year because I missed a test which was advertised under 24 hours before it happened.
If you have a personal tutor, you're lucky. A lot of university's tutoring scheme is a farce, only existing so they can put it in the prospectus.

Now I'm applying for jobs at universities, and plan to go back for a masters sometime soon smile

oliSILVER Member
not with cactus
2,052 posts
Location: bristol/ southern eastern devon, United Kingdom


Posted:
i got ino my first choice uni to, which was bristol, but im not going there til next year.

exeter is where i go if i wanna go to proper shops/gigs etc.. so im there a fair ammount, so if i know im gonna be there i could meet ya for a spin or sommint if ya like smile

Me train running low on soul coal
They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
They shouldn't do that no no no


elastaaddict
645 posts
Location: wishing to be in Rio


Posted:
Hey congrats all, and welcome to Oli, cant wait to see you as part of circusoc when I return from Graz for my final year.

And in terms of what flid said about lecturers being incompetant and cant teach for sh*t, I can catagorically say the complete opposite for my department cos Bristol Uni rocks!

there's nothing quite as fulfilling as a tasty airwrap

if you're full of sh!t, at least you're fertile

"we are all flowers growing in God's garden... and that is why he spreads the sh!t around" - David Byrne


caz86Twister Fire Starter ridin on a tratter
156 posts
Location: Bristol/Exeter UK


Posted:
Lol Oli we're swappin towns...well counties! Yey spin!

Does Bristol Circusoc work out of term?! If yes can Exeter students join?

Caz

Caz


duballstarSILVER Member
slack rating - 9.5
2,216 posts
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
i'm a student + have far to much socialising to do to think about studying. i found that i don't have much time to smoke much now cos when you're stuck to the sofa you miss out on all the fun.... biggrin

p.s. secretly i am a geek as well but it's all about getting a nice balance. and flid's right about lecturers and e-mail!

It is our fantasies that make us real. Without our fantasies we're just a blank monkey' - Terry Pratchett


NOnactivist for HoPper liberation.
1,643 posts
Location: ffidrac


Posted:
Halls is a good place to start, my best friends through 3 years were people i met in halls in the first two days!! (and my greatest foe....) Also it is where I first encountered poi... oh yeah and you're not living at home with no money, you're away with no money but it makes all the difference when you're stuck inside on a friday night with absolutely cack all to do... uni's great and I've finished!!! frown

reusing tea bags is a wonderful idea but the tea tastes rubbish, my advice is just to get a HUGE cup /bowl /vase and drink it greater quantities biggrin and besides the milk always runs out before the teabags... buy herbal hippy tea!

Aurinko freedom agreement reached 10th Sept 2006

if it makes no sense that's because it's NOn-sense.


duballstarSILVER Member
slack rating - 9.5
2,216 posts
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
Written by: NOn

my advice is just to get a HUGE cup /bowl /vase and drink it greater quantities biggrin and besides the milk always runs out before the teabags... buy herbal hippy tea!




wise words non, that's exactly the evolution that our house has followed... smile

It is our fantasies that make us real. Without our fantasies we're just a blank monkey' - Terry Pratchett


caz86Twister Fire Starter ridin on a tratter
156 posts
Location: Bristol/Exeter UK


Posted:
I can't stand T neway... I'm a coffee girl/addict

Caz


MiGGOLD Member
Self-Flagellation Expert
3,415 posts
Location: Bogged at CG, Australia


Posted:
in that case, stay away from the really huge tins, like the caterers have. sure, you get a whole heap, but it tastes like dirt.

I cant really give all that much more advice, its all been said. if it hadnt, i prolly couldnt anyway, cos uni over there and down here are prolly different.

i will say, however, try to stay away from relationships with people in your course. chances are, you're spending anywhere from three to five years with them, and if it turns nasty in the first 8 months, you're putting up with them for a looong time.

and while no, unis dont really care that much about intoxication, it isnt a good idea to rock up to lectures nissed as a pewt.

"beg beg grovel beg grovel"
"master"
--FSA

"There was an arse there, i couldn't help myself"
--Rougie


DuncGOLD Member
playing the days away
7,263 posts
Location: The Middle lands, United Kingdom


Posted:
My best friend went to Exeter Uni many moons ago, I can't say much for the place teachin wise but I can say the town is lovely, the people seems pretty lovely and the main campus is gorgous!! If you're not alloswer to spin fire there I saw go do it anyway, I think it's 1 mile from side to side and it's all lovely grass and trees and stuff!

Have fun all you uni guys! Make the most of it while you can wink

Let's relight this forum ubblove


caz86Twister Fire Starter ridin on a tratter
156 posts
Location: Bristol/Exeter UK


Posted:
Thanx people biggrin..... y are HoPpers all so cool and friendly?!

Caz


jemima (jem)SILVER Member
Pooh-Bah
1,750 posts
Location: london, United Kingdom


Posted:
Hello all i can say is everyone is in the same boat and it will be what you make it so play hard (and work hard) and you wont regret it.

Have fun
ubbrollsmile hug

Never assume
Always Acknowledge


CantusSILVER Member
Tantamount to fatuity
15,965 posts
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom


Posted:
Written by: caz86


Thanx people biggrin..... y are HoPpers all so cool and friendly?!





I'm not. I hate everyone.

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean


Zavienewbie
24 posts
Location: Paris, FRANCE


Posted:
Then I'm sure a great majority of us in the HOP community are nice and helpful people!!

Astonishing how one little thing in common can make us be so cool with each other when we could be so obnoxious if banged into each other outside....

The wonders of the internet!!

DEATH WILL ALWAYS BE A CELEBRATION OF CONFORMITY.
-Neil Gevisser-


DominoSILVER Member
UnNatural Scientist - Currently working on a Breville-legged monkey
757 posts
Location: Bath Uni or Shrewsbury, UK


Posted:
I think there might just be something about poi that attracts a particular kind of person -- nice, interesting, occationally kooky people. I haven't been on HOP that long so feel free to shoot me down if I'm wrong biggrin

I don't think the fact that this is a friendly community has anything to do with the internet considering some of the horse's arses I've met on other forums.

Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I can beat the world into submission.


MiGGOLD Member
Self-Flagellation Expert
3,415 posts
Location: Bogged at CG, Australia


Posted:
i think it may also be a fact that the poi/fire community isnt very large, compared to things like basketball players and stuff, and that often, people dont really like the idea of people spinning fire around.

A relatively small group, that is somewhat more persecuted than the average joe, we need to band together and be strong smile

or maybe not. i dunno.

"beg beg grovel beg grovel"
"master"
--FSA

"There was an arse there, i couldn't help myself"
--Rougie


the*pomBRONZE Member
newbie
24 posts
Location: Falmouth cornwall, United Kingdom


Posted:
i've heard exeter is great. you'll have a great time. take fire poi there with a vengence. start a society or something!

the*pom smile


hankyGOLD Member
member
117 posts
Location: Blackpool, England


Posted:
i'm about to start uni in blackpool (moving from scotland) and the way i see it: i've got my staffs,weavesmiley and juggle so all i need is people to spin with and all will be right in the world ....then i'll think about studying
so ANYONE in blackpool or near-a-bouts let me know!!!! otherwise the world will fall apart peace

it's a mad world...and i love it!!!


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