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I think all too often, myself included, students have the tendency to feel as though the people you initially meet will become your new best friends for life and that you were all destined to be friends. In reality, this is probably not the case. During freshers week and your first few lectures you will undoubtedly meet and talk to a whole host of random people, and for a good 80% of the time, they will be people that you never see, speak to or mention ever again. I remember meeting a whole host of random people during my first weekend at university but I don’t think I could tell you their names now. The first few weeks are such a whirlwind and university, I believe, is quite a fickle place. I think it can be really hard to meet people that you genuinely click with and to be honest, I haven’t really met that many people that I get on with or could see myself keeping in touch with after graduating. It’s definitely not as wild and interesting as you first think and the people you meet in the first few weeks will more than likely spiral off into different directions pretty quickly. Even people you meet on your course can be difficult to keep in contact with as there are so many different modules that the likelihood of you being the same classes can be quite slim. I think university promotes mixing with people from all different walks of life but don’t be disheartened if you don’t find a best friend in your first few weeks, if at all!
I speak from personal experience here and you may believe that your degree has been completely worth it, but for me – it hasn’t. University is expensive. £9250 worth of expensive. And, you will most likely come to the realisation that it’s not really worth it. Like I said earlier, I only have 8-12 hours a week and a lot of free time which makes me think ‘what on earth am I paying for?’. I study an English degree which requires minimal resources, lecturers use powerpoints for lectures and seminars are discussions so I have absolutely no university resources like labs that make my degree seem worth it. I even have to buy all the books, which is a lot when you consider I read 1 book per week per module which equates to about 3-4 books a week yet my tuition fee doesn’t cover that. Strikes have been a major factor this year, along with coronavirus which has meant that I’ve had less than half of a year’s teaching so even more so have I been questioning where that money is going.