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Preconceptions and myths about university

In this video, students talk about some of their preconceptions before they started university, and how they were proved wrong.

In the video, some of our current undergraduate students share their experiences of the questions and preconceptions they had prior to coming to study at York, and how these changed once they arrived and settled in here.

We’re not saying your preconceptions will necessarily be wrong and you may know a thing or two about university already; perhaps you have friends or relatives that have been, but it’s also possible that you don’t have a clear idea about what it’s like.

So let’s start by looking at some of the common preconceptions and myths that some people have about university – but before we do, the most important thing to remember is that everyone is in the same boat as you right now. Whatever your thoughts, questions or concerns are about university, there will be someone else wondering exactly the same thing. There is no such thing as a silly question or unwarranted worry here.

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If you are worried that you don’t know what to expect from university and are not sure how to prepare for starting the new academic year, this course will help.

There is also plenty of information and guidance out there. You may already be familiar with the UCAS website after having used it throughout your application journey but you may not know that it has a whole host of useful content to help prepare you for university, including student blogs, hints and tips from students who have been in your position very recently. You can find out more by visiting the UCAS student life webpage.

Here at York, we have plenty of information for prospective students to help answer any questions you might have – to find out more have a look at York’s student life webpages where you can explore many different aspects of campus and city living, and even chat to current students who are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

You might like to watch this “day in the life” vlog from a current first student, Faye:

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Is there anything from the videos in this step that particularly resonates with your thinking? Feel free to share in the Comments.

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