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Thestudentroom.co.uk - the mature students saviour!!!
Member Name: ekimbe10
Advantages: Helpful forum, packed with advice
Disadvantages: Very fast forum
At 24 having never been a college student let alone a university student, I was nervious to say the least! I'd tried a few search engines for tips and came up with very little that could help. Nothing really seemed to relate to me.
I had no idea what to expect from uni life, what I should do, what I should wear, where to go. It was ridicuous, like being back at school except older and much older than everyone else!
I was SO worried and terrified the place was going to be filled with 17 year olds. I was starting to think i'd done the wrong thing.
I've no idea how I found the site, maybe on tv? Initially, I thought it would be a site that was solely for English/Welsh uni students. Living and attending uni in Scotland, i thought none of it would be relevant to me and it was a while before i got round to checking it out.
Oh how i wish i'd done it sooner! There is plently advise for Scottish students, everything I needed was there, down to the final silly question of "where's the canteen!"
There is a massive forum. It's a little overwhelming at first but it doesn't take long to find your way about. The forum is fantastic!
No question is a stupid question (as i found out) and all the advice given was helpful and not sugar-coated at all.
It's sub-divided into areas of the country, courses, applying tips, everything you could need and also a general chit-chat section. The only down side is, that it's a VERY fast moving forum and I do sometimes struggle to keep up but maybe thats an age thing!
The guides are great. Really knowledgable and useful and contain the silly little things that I completely overlooked and would have forgotten about otherwise! The great tips on funding is one not to be missed!
It sounds stupid but I did feel a little bit better on my first day heading into the big wide world of uni. Individual uni websites are ok but at thestudentroom.co.uk you get to hear stories first hand from other students who have either done your course or attend the uni. It is mostly just a forum but it's packed with advice, i'm so glad i found it!
Summary: Love it, use it nearly everyday!