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Jimbob2005
05-01-2005, 09:03 AM
Share your experiences here - I wanna know what I am letting myself in for next year when I go, I can't wait!

Ok, I am off now for today, goodbye.

JoY
05-01-2005, 09:17 AM
let's just say first off, that you've got to work a LOT harder than you did in high school. at least, I never did anything in high school, so it was quite the surprise, when I was suddenly forced to open a book.

studentlife is absolutely brilliant. as brilliant as you make it. don't make it too brilliant, though, because at some point you've got to realise you -are- growing older & you are working on your future, or should be working on your future.

RXP
05-01-2005, 09:31 AM
Indeed work load is insane compared to high school. IN high school I just paid attention in class I didn't do any extra work whatsoever and the only time I did was until exam period. Even then I left revision till the weekend before exams or maybe a week.

When your in uni there's just so much damn work to do. But if you enjoy your course you'll get into it and won't really mind it that much. It does give you something to do rather than sitting about all day doing nothing.

In my first year I didn't bother going to lectures or hardly any classes. I fucked my exams up and spent the whole summer revising for retakes while working a full time job at nights. So don't do that.

Also your living away from home. Obviously a big change. You make friends a lot easier too. Student life does rock indeed. ANd having your own freedom is real good.

But sometimes I do long for school days again when everything was so easy and no worries. Well of course we had worries but not like financial or future career stuff.

JoY
05-01-2005, 09:39 AM
I had enough worries in my schooldays, so I can't say there's anything I miss about those days. whoo for studentlife. & yeah, go to your classes. it really saves you a LOT of time studying.

RXP
05-01-2005, 09:51 AM
Well I had a lot of shit going on when I was at school. But sometimes I long for the school lunchbreak where you waited all day for it and then it was nice and sunny you got to play football with your mates.

I also miss the teachers. You had such a closer relatoinship with them teachers than you do with uni ones. I really do miss that. ANd i miss the banter in class. There is none of that in uni.

wheelchairman
05-01-2005, 10:03 AM
I'm seeing a woman who's writing her theses. Does that count as an University Experience?

The real question is, the point of this post, was it to brag, or was it to be witty?

Talman
05-01-2005, 10:03 AM
i pretty much arsed my way about high school. Minimum effort basically. In uni i never paid much attention in lectures, then all of a sudden i was hit with so many different courseworks. I always managed to scrape past somehow. Now i've finished all coursework and my final exams are on the 4th and 9th of may. I even managed to pass the exams in january. Not by alot, but i managed it.

In the 2nd year i'll be used to the workload hopefully.

Just be prepared for the amount of work you've got to do. For the first time in my life i actually had to say no to friends when i had to do coursework. But i guess it'll be worth it in the end.

Drinking before lectures isn't advised. As funny as i find it, i just disturb everyone else. The lecturer even caught on that i was coming in pissed every friday afternoon.

RXP
05-01-2005, 10:08 AM
I'm seeing a woman who's writing her theses. Does that count as an University Experience?



How'd you pull a 23+ year old? Fuck. Teach me to pull WCM.

wheelchairman
05-01-2005, 10:10 AM
How'd you pull a 23+ year old? Fuck. Teach me to pull WCM.
Coincidence, she's writing about Eastern European politics and Transnistria, I happen to be one of the few people in Denmark who's heard of Transnistria, thus, it probably seemed quite impressive. That, and I was wearing a shirt that showed off my biceps, but I'm sure you know how to do that better than I do.

RXP
05-01-2005, 10:28 AM
Eastern Euro politics > biceps.

sKratch
05-01-2005, 10:31 AM
Well I had a lot of shit going on when I was at school. But sometimes I long for the school lunchbreak where you waited all day for it and then it was nice and sunny you got to play football with your mates.

I also miss the teachers. You had such a closer relatoinship with them teachers than you do with uni ones. I really do miss that. ANd i miss the banter in class. There is none of that in uni.
My Calculus 3 class has about 13 kids in it so we all know the professor pretty well and he knows us :o Depending on the class, you can end up having a nice relationship with the professor.

Izie
05-01-2005, 10:33 AM
I actually do less work now...

Then again, I'm not representative, my elementary and highschool were based on the commie (okay, fine, socialist, they tried to be commie) educational system, which involved a shitload of studying. Plus I liked having the best grades back then, now I just bother a bit less. I still bother though :/

Chris
05-01-2005, 10:34 AM
I also miss the teachers. You had such a closer relatoinship with them teachers than you do with uni ones. I really do miss that. ANd i miss the banter in class. There is none of that in uni.

So true, I don't even know the name of alot of my lecturers and that's after 10 weeks into semester...

I'd have to say my experiences have been quite the opposite of whats been said so far - first year was a breeze even with the lack of effort I put in (and can't beat a nice lunchtime pint before lecture). The ol' cliché of what you put in kinda summarises it well to an extent. Just be prepared to watch what you spend, and enjoy it while it lasts.

RXP
05-01-2005, 10:44 AM
Actually come to think of it one of our teachers for the EU module I do is fucking awesome. She jokes with you, asks how your day was, says stupid things she got up to and is generally like a school teacher. It's no surprise I only missed one of her classes but the majority of everyone else's cause they're all shit and boring.

But still it's not like school so much cause I don't know about you guys but in my course we only get say 6 classes per year in each module so they're pretty spread apart.

I still long for lunch breaks though! They were awesome.

Noodles is gay
05-01-2005, 10:46 AM
i can't wait - i'll be applying in October :D *little excitement dance*

Going down to Oxford on friday too, very cool :cool:



My Calculus 3 class has about 13 kids in it so we all know the professor pretty well and he knows us :o

That's small?! :eek:

RXP
05-01-2005, 10:49 AM
Who'd want to go Oxford? YOu have to do insane reading in the final year just to apply there. And once your in they kill you with work.

Noodles is gay
05-01-2005, 10:52 AM
Who'd want to go Oxford? YOu have to do insane reading in the final year just to apply there. And once your in they kill you with work.

Well i'm torn between Oxford and Cambridge right now (leaning slightly towards Cambridge though). I shall have to see though - Oxford this friday and Cambridge in July.

I don't mind work - I do plenty now; it doesn't bother me. Plus I quite enjoy doing classics essays; tis all the other subjects that bother me.

RXP
05-01-2005, 10:53 AM
Good luck to you. Let me guess classics?

Noodles is gay
05-01-2005, 10:54 AM
cheers.

But of course! :D


Which uni are you at?

RXP
05-01-2005, 10:57 AM
University of Birmingham reading law. Second year.

Eccentric Sara
05-01-2005, 11:39 AM
let's just say first off, that you've got to work a LOT harder than you did in high school. at least, I never did anything in high school, so it was quite the surprise, when I was suddenly forced to open a book.

studentlife is absolutely brilliant. as brilliant as you make it. don't make it too brilliant, though, because at some point you've got to realise you -are- growing older & you are working on your future, or should be working on your future.
That's good advice,but for me,it was the other way round. I worked my arse off at school and spent every hour God sent doing work/revision. Got AAD in my "A" Levels,which were the best grades I could have got. I was really proud of them. However,at uni, I did a fraction of the amount of work I did at school, and still did well! I think it depends which course you are doing or which uni you are studying at. Science courses seem to involve more work than Arts courses. Well,that's how it seemed when I was at uni. I did a Science degree and I seemed to have 3 times as much work as my friends who did History/English etc. Don't quote me on that though.

Usually,the first year of a degree course is easy,which means there is plenty of time to make friends and have fun! :) I got all 1sts and 2.1s in my first year modules with the minimum amount of work. However,it is a good idea to go to your lectures,as some other ppl have said,as it saves hours of copying other ppl's notes/doing research from books,and if you like your course,most of the lectures will be interesting anyway. :)
Yup,hope that wasn't too confusing! Am I the only one who found school much harder than uni then? :confused:

Chris
05-01-2005, 11:49 AM
Nope, at my college they did say A Levels required the most work, and my choice of subjects didn't help either. I'm not putting in much effort now and still coming out with 1st's/2:1's in my units - but it's all about motivation and self discipline at uni as there's no one else to guide you through the work.

Eccentric Sara
05-01-2005, 11:57 AM
^ What he said!

Endymion
05-01-2005, 12:12 PM
i do about the same amount of work now as i did in high school. write a few programs, take a few tests, that's it. it's easy.

and i find myself knowing my professors more now than i did in high school.

sKratch
05-01-2005, 12:13 PM
I hate you for being a genius.
Although I did get a 91 on my last physics exam :]

Endymion
05-01-2005, 12:35 PM
zinger!!!!

nameless
05-01-2005, 03:25 PM
i sometimes regret not going to uni, im 20 so i guess its not to late to still go, id just had enough of full time education at 18 and was applying! also i just rushed through the application as i was so unorganised!

Jimbob2005
05-01-2005, 03:50 PM
I'm seeing a woman who's writing her theses. Does that count as an University Experience?

The real question is, the point of this post, was it to brag, or was it to be witty?
No, I am just interested, that's all. Nowt wrong with that, surely?

RXP
05-01-2005, 03:52 PM
No, I am just interested, that's all. Nowt wrong with that, surely?

He was talking about him mentioning his grandma of a girlfriend.

What cup size wcm?

wheelchairman
05-01-2005, 03:54 PM
He was talking about him mentioning his grandma of a girlfriend.

What cup size wcm?
No idea, I'd guess around C. You have a girlfriend, what's her cup size? And when do we get to see a picture of her?

RXP
05-01-2005, 04:00 PM
I posted one in the photo album thread. I think she's my ex now (*cries*)

If you go to my msn thingy (http://spaces.msn.com/members/rxp91/PersonalSpace.aspx?_c01_blogpart=myspace&_c02_owner=1&_c=blogpart) there's loads there.

wheelchairman
05-01-2005, 04:15 PM
You think she's your ex? Is it not definite because you don't accept it yet, or because of lack of communication?

Either way, sounds like an awful position to be in, you get Wheelchairman's regards.

And I can't open your msn my spacey thing. It says you either have limited access or it does not exist.

RXP
05-01-2005, 04:19 PM
Na on a break and lack of comms.

It should work now made it public.

Jack-offspring
05-01-2005, 04:23 PM
Working like a mad man, trying to absorb the the huge amount of information they toss at you in very little time. And in my experience, it doesn't get any better later on. In fact it gets worse. And if your university is anything like they are over here, you should be getting a bad haircut (given to you by the veterans), your whole body painted with something they say is washable paint, but is really fucking hard to wash off, and be put on the street to beg passers for money wich will later be handed in to the veterans so they can pay for a party to witch you were not invited. So, good luck. Hope i haven't disencouraged you. :D

wheelchairman
05-01-2005, 04:26 PM
I'm assuming Gen is your girlfriend. Not bad at all.

Jesus
05-01-2005, 05:21 PM
My Calculus 3 class has about 13 kids in it so we all know the professor pretty well and he knows us :o Depending on the class, you can end up having a nice relationship with the professor.

What's calculus 3?

sKratch
05-01-2005, 05:55 PM
Vector and multivariable calculus.

Sunny
05-01-2005, 07:31 PM
my university experience is probably sort of unique, considering I go to a design school. The work load is insane... I have developed a taste for LARGE amounts of coffee and pulling all nighters like there's no tomorrow. We have very few lecture classes... most classes are small studio classes where you present your work and have people rip you a new asshole. Our attendance policy is really strict, you can't miss more than 2 classes... or you're in A LOT of trouble. All the teachers ever tell us is that "we should stop whining" and "it's gonna get worse" and "we have to be dedicated". Dedication means there's no such thing as an excused absence, not even if you got run over by a car. You could have pneumonia, no one cares. You could've broken all of your limbs, no one cares. You have to get to class somehow. And you will, if you care enough.. even if you're almost dead. Weekdays consist of drinking Red Bulls like they're water and walking around like zombies. Weekends (the student "social life") consists of trying to get into celebrity clubs and getting smashed.
The student body.. most men are gay. Most women.. are bitches. Everyone always tries to look their VERY BEST on a daily basis... we joke that if we had to wear a school uniform, it'd be designed by Dolce&Gabbana. :/ The people are loud, snobby, obnoxious and suffering from a superiority complex. it's.. uh.. fun.

i do love it deep down.

sKratch
05-01-2005, 08:14 PM
I can't imagine going to school in an atmosphere like that. Ugh.

Sunny
05-01-2005, 08:18 PM
you get used to it. as i said, i like it, in a way, although most relationships I formed there are completely superficial. And the people are ruthless. They'd run you over in a fucking tank if that meant *they* would get an internship or a contract or whatever. I guess that's the.. real world for you?

All bitching aside.. Parsons is a really good school... so I should stfu.

Betty
05-01-2005, 08:35 PM
Umm... social life in university is a million times better. A combination of residence, being on your own, meeting all new people, going to bars, etc, etc. is just super.

My workload is a lot harder than in highschool. But part of it is my program and my overachieving. The computer science students I know do nothing. The arts students I know do nothing. These are my friends and may be particularly good at slacking, but they all do decent in school regardless.

Umm... I miss the relationship I had with my teachers in highschool. My classes are about 10 - 15 students now so we chat and stuff but it hasn't reached the same level yet, maybe it will next year. Lectures are a lot more formal I guess, before there was a lot more room for random discussions and fooling around. I do really like the relationships I've had with my TAs though. Labs can be really fun. I've gone out drinking with a bunch of my TAs too.

Camilamazed
05-01-2005, 08:41 PM
It's a shame.I've never been to a college :o

Rag Doll
05-01-2005, 10:08 PM
For me...not much different than high school. I go to a huge (10,000+ students) university in my town. Some classes are huge (around 40..)...but I take a bunch of honors classes in the honors college that are only around 10 people to a class. Some classes don't give much work....others have at least 10 books to read plus numerous papers and presentations. I'm double majoring as well as having a minor...so it ends up being a *lot* of courses per semester, including observations for teaching (and soon that will be 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, plus 6 classes at night/on weekends) and lab work in multiple classes. Most people are pretty immature and cliquey...and unfortunately, having classes with the "general masses" at my school is hell (for the most, they are pretty ignorant and uncaring about their education).

the_GoDdEsS
05-01-2005, 10:54 PM
The first most wonderful and at the beginning scary thing at 18 was moving out of home for four years to live in a students' part of the city. Which means 20,000 students and young people living together in as if a town with lots of bars and everyone having a social life. And no frat thing, everyone there is crazy and relaxed and drunk at a point.

Uni itself was a lot of work, a lot of stress, pressure, unfairness from most profs and hate from most people who study with you if you're good. I don't regret it because I really was forced to study a lot. Except for the things I considered useless. What was best about it were all those opportunities and the extra-curricular stuff you could do with various exchanges abroad and traineeships. If it weren't for them I'd hate the uni. Because face it, the post-Soviet school system is torture and trying to destroy your ego by stomping it. If you don't let them discourage you, your ego is even stronger and better.

Yeah, I'm graduating in two weeks and most likely starting a doctorate here or in Vienna.

Mota Boy
05-01-2005, 11:15 PM
Me and my friends organized a streak this year. We went around campus and slipped invitations to the streak under many people's door... I drank some vodka one night and had to hit up the freshman dorms myself, sneaking on to locked floors by pretending to be a frosh myself and surreptisely slipping tiny carboard rectangles under sixty doors on each hall without getting called out for tresspassing. We ended up getting about thirty people streaking... and about 300 turned out to watch. Only one other person than me and my three roommates ran completely naked all the way across campus like we originally planned, most wussed out after a hundred yards. While streaking is common up north, this was the only incident at my college that anyone could remember.

Yeah, that's the type of stuff that uni is about.

HornyPope
05-01-2005, 11:19 PM
I regret for not having gone to university for many reasons, the uni scene being perhaps the biggest one, but so far I stand by my decision.

Jimbob2005
05-02-2005, 02:45 AM
In my first year I didn't bother going to lectures or hardly any classes. I fucked my exams up and spent the whole summer revising for retakes while working a full time job at nights. So don't do that.

Also your living away from home. Obviously a big change. You make friends a lot easier too. Student life does rock indeed. ANd having your own freedom is real good.

Well, I am highly unlikely to fuck up my exams because I have found that I can easily pass two of four of my AS's without revising - Maths and Further Maths, but I actually wanna get A's. I'd love to live away from home to get my freedom, and making friends easily is good for me since my social life currently sucks - I have friends, but they live too far away and I am generally too shy to invite myself out - going to uni will help me break that barrier.



I also miss the teachers. You had such a closer relatoinship with them teachers than you do with uni ones. I really do miss that. ANd i miss the banter in class. There is none of that in uni.
I will miss the banter but certainly not the teachers!


i pretty much arsed my way about high school. Minimum effort basically. In uni i never paid much attention in lectures, then all of a sudden i was hit with so many different courseworks. I always managed to scrape past somehow. Now i've finished all coursework and my final exams are on the 4th and 9th of may. I even managed to pass the exams in january. Not by alot, but i managed it.
Luckily, I am generally a hardworking person and if I have my heart set on ALMOST any task (even finishing an English essay for GCSE when I hate the subject!) I WILL do it.


My Calculus 3 class has about 13 kids in it
Nothing like my AS Further Maths class - 8 pupils, but normally 6 are present and since some are in their last year of school, it will be down to about 5 or even 4 if people want to quit it by the end of AS!


Nope, at my college they did say A Levels required the most work, and my choice of subjects didn't help either. I'm not putting in much effort now and still coming out with 1st's/2:1's in my units - but it's all about motivation and self discipline at uni as there's no one else to guide you through the work.
To be honest, I am doing as much work as GCSE - I get a lot of homework for my AS's, but not so that it takes me hours to do. At GCSE, more subjects meant more homework. But for those who academically tend to have it easy, it is not that much at AS for me. But I am prepared for a large workload for uni.


The work load is insane... I have developed a taste for LARGE amounts of coffee and pulling all nighters like there's no tomorrow.
I am used to staying up late, luckily, up 'til two in the morning, and has fallen asleep very later than that in the past LOL so I guess I I could do it for a FEW nights, but it'll kill me in the end. That's life, I suppose!


Me and my friends organized a streak this year. We went around campus and slipped invitations to the streak under many people's door... I drank some vodka one night and had to hit up the freshman dorms myself, sneaking on to locked floors by pretending to be a frosh myself and surreptisely slipping tiny carboard rectangles under sixty doors on each hall without getting called out for tresspassing. We ended up getting about thirty people streaking... and about 300 turned out to watch. Only one other person than me and my three roommates ran completely naked all the way across campus like we originally planned, most wussed out after a hundred yards. While streaking is common up north, this was the only incident at my college that anyone could remember.

Yeah, that's the type of stuff that uni is about.
LOL I was doomed with insanity from the moment I was born and I am looking forward to it getting worse at uni! I acually feel like I almost can't wait to get drunk and wake up naked in someone else's flat!

Thank you a lot for your responses, I am now more aware of university life. Rock on guys.

JoY
05-02-2005, 04:32 AM
grr, I'm frustrated with some replies. isn't there anyone, anyone at all here, who studies medicine, or something like it?
FEEL MY PAIN. grisdlkdms.

I can't say I actually study a lot, or work hard, but.. I actually have to open books. *crys* & lots of them too. *pulls hair out*

Noodles is gay
05-02-2005, 04:41 AM
^ .....classics (in 1.5 years)? Remember how related medicine and Latin are! ;) Wow! It's like we're doing the same course!

JoY
05-02-2005, 04:43 AM
no woman, totally not the same. classics take what? four years? *sigh*

Noodles is gay
05-02-2005, 04:45 AM
I was being ironic about the Latin being related :p

yup 4 years (5 if i go abroad for a year in the middle), how long's medicine?

JoY
05-02-2005, 04:54 AM
*mumbles*10*mumbles*...

Eccentric Sara
05-02-2005, 12:38 PM
*mumbles*10*mumbles*...
Medicine is a TEN year degree in Holland? It is only 6 in this country!!! :eek: What do you study that our medical students don't?!!

JoY
05-02-2005, 12:40 PM
fisrt you have four years of studying, two years of being an co-assistent on all areas, then you choose your specialism & if you're lucky, that study takes four years.

Endymion
05-02-2005, 01:42 PM
i always find it funny when my friends are complaining about all the papers they have to write and i just say "you know, i don't have to write papers in physics."

Betty
05-02-2005, 05:41 PM
Don't worry, I feel your pain Bella. We don't study the exact same thing, but they are both sciences, and I plan to be a doctor and will be in school for 10 - 11 years.

Amanda
05-02-2005, 05:47 PM
Working like a mad man, trying to absorb the the huge amount of information they toss at you in very little time. And in my experience, it doesn't get any better later on. In fact it gets worse. And if your university is anything like they are over here, you should be getting a bad haircut (given to you by the veterans), your whole body painted with something they say is washable paint, but is really fucking hard to wash off, and be put on the street to beg passers for money wich will later be handed in to the veterans so they can pay for a party to witch you were not invited. So, good luck. Hope i haven't disencouraged you. :D
You deserved every single minuet of pain,suffering and humiliaton. Die you massive piece of shit!!!!
By the way, college is pretty cool Jim. At least for me the parties, and friendships totally made up for the heavy work load.

JoY
05-03-2005, 05:57 AM
Don't worry, I feel your pain Bella. We don't study the exact same thing, but they are both sciences, and I plan to be a doctor and will be in school for 10 - 11 years.
not that that's such a fantastic thing, but it did make me slightly reliefed & glad even. why did I never know this? maybe I haven't just been paying enough attention.

Wizard*SweetRockerGirl*
05-03-2005, 06:12 AM
social life is zero for me as i wanna be an academician and i have 2 work hard really hard i miss lots of fun damn!