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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Location: London, england

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Posted:OK. So having spent nearly half a year at univeristy so far, I have come to the conclusion that university as a whole is overrated. Maybe i chose the wrong uni, but the whole lifestyle sucks. The social life here sucks. The people suck. My social life has died since i moved. My expenditure on ebay has increased. My boredom and frustration levels, well lets not talk about that.

Has anyone else found that uni isnt what its cracked up to be?

peace


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Lemonkey


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Location: Huddersfield + Hull Uni... UK.

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Posted:Yep. I didn't enjoy my first year. I changed course, and University, learnt to juggle, and I'm loving it.

Willy - is bad for your health...

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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:hmmm. i just cant afford to move. and i have no where decent to move too. ill have to put up with the stupidity of my uni for another 2 years i guess.

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Mint Sauce
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Posted:Uni was the best 6 years of my life (I loved it so much I went back for a second helping)

what uni you at go meet the poi spinners near you they will take you in and give you lots of tea and hugs

have a hug from me to keep you going
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before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

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milka


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Location: Limoges (France)

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Posted:That's what I felt until the late 2nd year, then things changed radically and I can tell you I miss those year terribly...

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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:im at a crap chav uni brunel in west london dont go near it with a stick, if there are poi-ers here then i dont see them :9 there is no poi or juggling society, there is however 23,579 sport societies.
just made a bad social choice i guess!! and thanks for the huggage!! hug


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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:heres the lo down so far.
i have no money, so i dont go out. cant join socieites, they cost money. most people here i have encountered are chav alcohloics, no people here to my taste (not being a snob but there isno one here with the same kind of interests). the area i am in is boring as hell and expensive too. the people i was supposed to be moving in with effed me over when i got taken ill and went home. now i have no where to live.
etc etc etc etc

maybe i made a crap choice. maybe there is some secret society of uber fun people here. but whereee!!


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polythene


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Posted:Right, if there is a circus skills lot, go looksie, they're usualy cheap, if not check with your uni if it's not too late to START a society (some have time limits from the start of term).... you can decide on your own fees (or lack of! smile) and create a cheap pasttime and new social circle for yourself. Just need to find a few like-minded individuals (and let's face it, something as simple as spinning outside usually attracts other spinner like flies!) There will be a social niche for you, you just have to find it. (Brunel's not a bad uni, but I don't know much about the social scene there) Once you do.... uni will be wonderful smile

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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:ive already looked for a circus skills one beleive its the first thing i looked for biggrin there isnt one and there is pretty much no interest to start one. you have to have fees, i started the respect coalition in september and we have to charge. the uni isnt bad, but the social is poor. frown
ill have to wait til summer till hopefully i can get some people into poi and flags by just spinning randomly on campus.


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milka


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Location: Limoges (France)

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Posted:Try to organise a spinning society in your university wink

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Mint Sauce
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Posted:Can you get to Clapham confused if yes come to the first Clapham meet of the year biggrin

Follow THIS LINK smile

I should be there (down from Manchester) with my lovely little lady Jem ubblove ubblove

you shall receive much huggage
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before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:mint suace, i will be there!! ive already confirmed it hug cant wait either, wil be good to get out and meet new peoples!!!

and milka, im looking to start a spinnig society but ruels are strict, you have to have 10 people who are the organisers and 50 signatures and cash 3 each before it is a proper society. frown


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Posted:I felt pretty much the same way throughout unis. What I've realised since was that I had an unrealistic expectation. I thought it was going to be all interesting people with good things to say, philosophical conversations over coffee and khat at 4 in the morning, midnight spliffs on the rooftops of university buildings, phat parties, jams in my room every other night and above all likeminded and empathetic friends.

But life is what happens to you when you're making other plans. Because I was looking for all of the above I didn't appreciate the really cool friends that I did make but didn't share exactly the same interests as me and I missed a lot of the chances that were there in front of my face. I did have a good time but I kept on thinking of the much better time I imagined I'd have.

My advice would be to stop looking for the things that aren't there, coz then you might have a chance of seeing the things that are.
...And in the meantime go to the Clapham meets, they sound wicked biggrin


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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:hey wow your first paragraph is exactly what i envisioned! cultured people you havent met beofre, people that challange you, people that inspire you.

my problem is i have no freinds here, i have been ill the last 5 months and just started gettin better so i havent been at uni a lot as i find it really depressing. before i moved here i could do what i wanted i come form a free house, i can smoke spliff at home, throw raves at home, i had loads of awesome freinds like i thought i would meet at uni. but no. its just a bit poo really. i havent met any people that strike me, or any people who make an effort to contact me, i dunno why.

i have no flatmates for next year, im probably just the ill stoner girl with funky hair who listens to music way loud. ive tried to find people to hang with, but to no avial. uni had effed up my whole perspecive on life, i never had a problem finding my freinds and having happiness, al uni has done is given me depression. it just seems a bit weird really!

sorry i rambled a bit there! tell me to hush if i ramble again this isnt counselling |;D


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Asena
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Asena

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Posted:I love my Uni, but there is a no society here. I'm taking it upon myself to set one up next year in time for the next set of freshers. However it means I have to fill in 12 pages of budget plans etc frown

Putting it off, anyone wanna do it for me?


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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:it is hard work setting up a society, i helped set up the respect coalition and the paperwork was obscene!!

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Eera


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Posted:What attracted you to that course at Brunel in the first place? If you genuinely wanted to do whatever you are doing, then stick with it.

If you are there because you thought it might be fun or were pressurised into it, then seriously reconsider before you waste any more money doing something you have no real interest in.

You get one false start out of the Student Loan Company, any more and you'll be paying upfront.

Don't emerge in 3 years time horribly in debt because you thought it'd be a huge continuous party; universities are set up as learning and research institutes, not social clubs. Do it for genuine interest or your future prospects.


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NYC


NYC

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Posted:I had a wonderful time at Uni. I picked the perfect school for me. Then again, I'd have been happy anywhere away from my mom. wink

Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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buzzingtalk


buzzingtalk

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Posted:The only reason why I am still here is beacuse the course is great. That side of the uni is wicked, but it is hard focussing on work when your surroundings and the people around you are bringing you down. I never expected or wanted uni to be one big party, but i expected to meet some cool people and have a good life overall, but i find im hating the social side. And to me, I find if I am not happy it is hard for me to work, especially in practical and composition (i do music/sound engineering type stuff) as im just pissed off all the time. I have considered swapping unis but form what I have heard its the same everywhere so there is no point.

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Eera


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Posted:All universities really aren't the same. It's well worth your while going on a few visits to ones that run similar courses. If you're going to spend 3 or 4 four years of your life there you need to find it at least tolerable.

I believe Virgin published a university guide based on what the places were like to live, not just study. Have a look at that, compare what they say about Brunel and see if it's the same as your experience.

Incedentally, my university had no circus skills society, but by talking to a couple of people it turned out there were a few people on my course who spun and we used to have informal sessions together. It ended up with a good 10 or so people by the time I left, small, but fun.


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Kyrian


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Posted:Hey... yes, all uni's arn't the same. And a good course isn't everything either. I'm starting all over as a year 1 next year at york because york offers a good course, atmosphere,. mix of societies, and some other sundry details. The place I used to go was gorgeous with good weather, had an excellant course in what I was then studying (and still study, altho i'm not going to wind up working in the feild) and generally a pretty interesting mix of people.

But it didn't wind up being right for me, because I didn't have any money in part (something I aim to fix this time around) but also I just never wound up making that many close friendships... could be related, or not.. and of course there's always a million factors but a new enviroment might be the right thing. You shouldn't hate it. Don't have unrealistic expectations, but it also doesn't quite sound like the right place for you!!


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:i'm not feeling too crash hot about uni either. i had been looking forward to it for all the learning and the atmosphere, but i just cant get motivated. at all.

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MiG
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MiG

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Posted:and the best thing is, in australia at least, we're oversaturated with degree graduates... Too many chiefs, and not enough indians.

The government needs to get its head and its arse connected. They're importing tradespeople from south africa, while they continue to push university. Then they whinge about unemployment...


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Adya Miriyana
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Adya Miriyana

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Posted:keep at it a bit.. out of the hundreds of people there.. there has got to be just a couple likeminded people there.. the thing is finding them.. they're generally the sorts who've sussed it out and spend as least time there as they have to.. so they're hard to catch.. but do keep an eye out

otherwise, what're you studying? and are you happy with the course [apart from the lifestyle thing]?

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Medusa
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Posted:I dropped out of uni after one semester. i twas not what I expected and taught me nothing that i didn't already know.

I am very fluent in Indonesian and was studying Asian studies with a major in Indonesian I asked if I could be skills tested and they said no you have to start from scrtach...i was stuck in a class doing stuff I already knew how to do and just getting extremely bored with not having to put any effort into getting High Distinction marks.

Also at the uni I went to they make you do this stupid module that has nothing to do with your course to apparently get you into the swing of uni life...biggest waste of time.

I also found being a part time student no one really socialised with you, you could try to make friends but it seemed once they found out you were a part timer they wanted nothing to do with you....very sad really.

So I dropped out and went to TAFE (government funded college) instead, learnt more and it was more hands on instead of listening to boring lectures all day!


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buzzingtalk

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Posted: Written by: Medusa


I also found being a part time student no one really socialised with you, you could try to make friends but it seemed once they found out you were a part timer they wanted nothing to do with you....very sad really.




Yeah, people here have the same attitude. The freindships between people in my halls are alcohol based, and when they are sober most people really don't get on. A bit pathetic really.

My cousin went to Oxford (the big famous clever people uni) and she loved it, she came out with these amazing freinds, a husband, and she always said to me, go to uni you will love it.

I am studying music, and I love the learning side of it, the lecturerers are lovely and the course is good. The social life is just poor!!

Thanks for the advice about that Virgin research, I'm going to have a look at that.

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Posted: Written by: buzzingtalk


[Yeah, people here have the same attitude. The freindships between people in my halls are alcohol based, and when they are sober most people really don't get on. A bit pathetic really.



Yeah, well that's undergrads for you. If you decide to stick it out to postgrad level it suddenly gets a lot friendlier.

It's a famous trap. The obnoxious beer users are the ones that are loud and prominent and give the rest a bad name, the funky and interesting people get hacked off with them and hang out in non-studenty places so that they don't get associated with the kn0bs. Consequently they're hard to find around campus.

Don't know how to resolve it really, other than be vigilant, ruthlessly seek out the cool people and try not to get discouraged. You've got to wade through a lot of mud before you find gold.


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buzzingtalk

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Posted:woa postgrad is expensive though!!! i am hoping to do it at royal academy of music, so hopefully theres cooler people there.

it just seems so unlikely that EVERYONE here is a complete twat, and youre probably right all of the cool people have met each other and gone off, but i have been off most of the last 4 months learning at home cos of illnes, now i am able to get out i wanted to get to uni and really do the whole thing, but i came here and theres no one here frown


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Medusa
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Posted:You will prbably find that the other nice, decent and cool people are doing what you are doing and trying to avoid the twats, thereby making it harder for you to meet them cause they are in hiding...

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Posted:hmmmm,, having never been myself my experience is coloured somewhat with having to work with graduates and well.... the nicest things i can say is they can tie their own shoes when given nice easy to follow instructions for the most part.

But then thats in IT,, I'm sure most others are bloody nice folks smile


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buzzingtalk

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Posted:haha thats quite funny. I am hoping the onset of summer will bring out some more funky people. i have to live in halls again next year : ( cos i couldnt find any housemates, surpirse haha
so now ill have to put up with another year of imbeciles puking out of windows, rugby chants and swapping STD's like pokemon cards


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