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  • Daryoon 27 Aug 2004 12:25:21 5,912 posts
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    All I have left to do is enroll next Tuesday, and I know I really have to get out and do something, and it's a course I'm interested in, so everything looks great...except...

    In order to get there for 9am, I'll have to leave the house at around 6:30, walk a couple of miles to the train station, half an hour on the train, then half an hour waiting for the bus to the college, which is another half hour journey and gets me to the college around 20mins early. Then I have to stay there until 5pm, as there is only one bus back to the train station (an hours walk away at best), and wait an hour there for the train home, with another two mile walk awaiting me.
    I'd get in around 7:30-8pm, and need to be in bed again for 10pm, giving me a whole 2 hours free time.

    Maybe you office-y people are used to that sort of schedule and I'm just not hardcore enough for it, but it does seem a bit excessive just for college.
    Oh, and I forgot to mention the train fare would be over £1000 a year. And that's the 50% student discount fare...
    And that I did the course before 5 years ago, but had to pull out, thus never completeing it and getting results, which is the primary reason for doing it again...
    If I could drive, it would be 40 minutes there and 40 back...

    Is it really worth it, or am I just looking for an excuse to avoid it?
  • binky Moderator 27 Aug 2004 12:27:39 10,944 posts
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    College is great. Loved my time there.

    However that sounds like a mission, here's my advice.

    Enroll, learn to drive, get a car, drive there.
  • Dirtbox 27 Aug 2004 12:28:04 91,038 posts
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  • Daryoon 27 Aug 2004 12:34:10 5,912 posts
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    binky wrote:
    College is great. Loved my time there.

    However that sounds like a mission, here's my advice.

    Enroll, learn to drive, get a car, drive there.

    I can't drive, period. I have v.poor eyesight, plus nystigmus, which basically means I have trouble reading a numberplate at 10-15 yards, let alone the required 25...

    It's 4 days a week, though in the interview it was 'suggested' I come in the full 5, because the course involves a lot of production work you do outside of actual lessons.

    It's around 40 miles.
  • Angel_Treats 27 Aug 2004 12:34:23 11,070 posts
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    Could you maybe rent a bedsit or share a flat in the town where your college is? You could still go home at the weekends. That does sound like an awful lot of commuting to have to do and doesn't leave you a lot of time for the coursework you'll have to do or for free time for your own stuff. I suppose it depends really on how energetic you are. Good luck with whatever you decide anyway!
  • dadrester 27 Aug 2004 12:39:34 2,537 posts
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    don't worry. as soon as psp and ds com eout you'll love commuting
  • Deleted user 27 August 2004 12:42:44
    Do you really have to go in everyday?

    I was a bit worried about communting for my course, but I only ended up going in a couple of days a week.
  • Daryoon 27 Aug 2004 12:48:38 5,912 posts
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    There are 17 hours of actual lessons spread across 4 days, which is around 4 hours a day. Considering I'd be away fromhome for 12 hours, that's not a lot!

    There is actually a college much closer - however, it's really shite. Basically one of those ones for kids who couldn't make 6th Form or wanted to do one of those childcare/hairdressing/hotel management courses. Actually it specialises in farming-based ones...

    As for renting?

    It's in Cambridge...
  • Machiavel 27 Aug 2004 13:15:58 5,964 posts
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    It might get easier - chances are there's somebody in that college who commutes by car from your area - put up a notice in the college and share petrol money, an absolute bargain.

    My experience of London commuting (not quite as bad as your trip though) is that it becomes like sleepwalking - once you're out of bed you go through the motions and think nothing of it, and you sleep really well when your head finally hits the pillow. And I miss the reading time I got every day.
  • Destria 27 Aug 2004 13:22:20 2,868 posts
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    Oh yes. I've been commuting to London for nearly five years now (four years for Uni, one for work). It's pretty much automatic now.

    I wouldn't survive without at least one of the following though:

    a) A good book to read
    b) The Metro
    c) My GBA SP

    The GBA in particular has to be the commuter's best friend (at least for *this* commuter). I've racked up plenty of time on that fellow. In fact, I often feel a twinge of disappointment as the familiar sight of Battersea looms into view, as that means that Victoria Station, and as such the end of my playing session, is moments away...
  • Khanivor 27 Aug 2004 13:23:57 43,967 posts
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    Any way you can do the course as part of a distance learning program? That commute sounds like way too much hassle and cost. Unless the course is about porn or somethng similar.
  • bainbrge 27 Aug 2004 13:28:05 1,687 posts
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    I'd say go to college, look for a bedsit there. Fund bedsit via part time work in Cambridge.

    You may regret not taking the opportunity, and its only for a short period. Think of the future!
  • Daryoon 27 Aug 2004 13:31:07 5,912 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Any way you can do the course as part of a distance learning program? That commute sounds like way too much hassle and cost. Unless the course is about porn or somethng similar.

    Nope, it's media production, so it means a lot of practical work you need to be in college for.

    I forgot to mention at least 90% of the class will be 16-year-olds...

    Biking would be fine...except...well...I've never actually rode a bike...I don't know the way there, either...and 80 miles a day...x_x

    I know I'm self-defeatest, but if it wasn't for the travelling hassel, I'd be there without a second thought. Maybe I should get a job in a local bookshop/library or something...if there are amy around here ¨_¨
  • Decoded 27 Aug 2004 13:36:25 4,426 posts
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    "I forgot to mention at least 90% of the class will be 16-year-olds..."

    I didn't think colleges placed adults and kids in the same classes? I wouldn't want to be in a class full of 16 year olds, that's for sure.
  • pjmaybe 27 Aug 2004 13:37:53 70,666 posts
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    Decoded wrote:
    "I forgot to mention at least 90% of the class will be 16-year-olds..."

    I didn't think colleges placed adults and kids in the same classes? I wouldn't want to be in a class full of 16 year olds, that's for sure.

    God nor would I...

    Can you imagine it? What do you do, pass a mobile with a txt message on it round class instead of a rude drawing of your teacher?

    Peej
  • Daryoon 27 Aug 2004 13:39:44 5,912 posts
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    The last time I went to college there was a 30-something guy, a 27-year-old and a 24-year-old. And me, I was 19. Everyone else was 16 and had just done their GCSEs. And half of them had quit by the end of the first year...
  • Daryoon 30 Aug 2004 22:10:09 5,912 posts
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    I've decided, after much stress and anxiety, that I would rather do a home-study Creative Writing course. My original aspirations was to use the college grades to get me into university to do CW anyway. My step-dad also said that doing a home-study course would look much better on a CV than two attempts at a standard post-GCSE college course.
    To add to that I might try and find some kind of volentary work, to test my mental/emotional capability to deal with a job. Actual paying jobs are difficult enough to find in a rural area, but even more so when you can't drive!
    I wouldn't mind working in a game/new age shop though...eventually even having my own one day. There aren't any in the town though, so no luck finding a job that way! (Well, there's a Game/Gamestation in a nearby town, but meh, and they would have more than enough young, student applicants I wager!)
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 6 Feb 2019 11:25:47 5,431 posts
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    What a lovely bump for a 15 year old thread. I don't suppose you'd happen to be selling an essay writing service to make life easier, would you?

    Seriously, some essay mill's spambot has a real fixation on the EG forum right now.
  • Load_2.0 6 Feb 2019 11:28:15 28,893 posts
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    And now it is you who is the bumper!

    Your true goals revealed at last!
  • philreeduk 6 Feb 2019 11:28:17 516 posts
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    Olivia your bio is a thing of beauty
  • philreeduk 6 Feb 2019 11:29:24 516 posts
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    @Daryoon we are on tenterhooks for an update here....
  • Load_2.0 6 Feb 2019 11:29:46 28,893 posts
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    Barry you don't need that much Beta carotene.
  • Singularity 6 Feb 2019 12:22:07 3,102 posts
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    philreeduk wrote:
    @Daryoon we are on tenterhooks for an update here....
    I love these old threads getting bumped. Updates should be compulsory though. I reckon we should do a thread where people who have been here a while can do life updates!
  • SambaApe 6 Feb 2019 12:53:20 1,296 posts
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    Just looked on Decodedís profile and he was last seen 50 years ago. Did he invent a time machine?
  • Jono62 6 Feb 2019 15:24:51 21,962 posts
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    The spambots need to sell EG their search function.
  • UncleLou Moderator 6 Feb 2019 15:32:29 40,153 posts
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    SambaApe wrote:
    Just looked on Decodedís profile and he was last seen 50 years ago. Did he invent a time machine?
    Not yet.
  • VictoriaFatnowna 22 Feb 2019 13:32:38 1 posts
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    @Daryoon I think if you have a desire to study, then you will travel from any point of the city to college, when I was driving more than 50 kilometers to get to college. Every day there were a lot of lectures at the college and I worked beyond my strength. I had problems writing my assignments works, by cliking this , I found some information. I did not have a car and I constantly traveled by train. It took me a lot of power.
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