Pros and Cons of the Course Group Chat
Once you’ve had your offer confirmed from your chosen university, it’s only natural that your first instinct will be to connect with those who you will be meeting when you get there. These people will become those you see every day in class, in the corridors, on nights out, and possibly will be your friends for life. The course group chat will quickly become a space for making connections and answering questions. However, there are some drawbacks which are worth considering.
I personally found the course group chat a little daunting to begin with. Before I had even arrived at Warwick and taken my first class, I was seeing messages from people who had been studying classics for years, from a variety of backgrounds, all discussing their experiences, grades and other expected chit-chat from recent A-level graduates. Until that moment, Classics and Ancient History had been a hobby for me, something that I hadn’t studied academically and that none of my peers at school shared with me. It was a terrifying moment to be surrounded by so many people who had already taken classes and exams in the subject, and there was a moment of self-doubt for me.
However, if your find yourself in this situation it is very important to take a moment to remind yourself that your university accepted you just as much as they accepted the other students in the chat. Therefore, you deserve to be there just as much as anyone else, and you should feel proud to be a part of it. No matter what your previous education or experience, university will be a fresh page for everyone, and when you arrive you will feel a part of it all, just the same as everyone else.
Throughout the year, your course group chat will occasionally be a source of stress to you. There will be moments when no-one is answering the question you so desperately need answered. This is usually because no-one else knows either, but it can be incredibly frustrating. At other times you will see people discussing the diabolical essay you just can’t bring yourself to write, or discussing seminar reading that you haven’t had time to get round to. In these situations, it can be tempting to throw in the towel, but you have to remember that there is always a mute button!
The group chat can also be a great source of comfort. It will reassure you to see that others are struggling too, or that there is someone there who can lend you the book or the little bit of extra help you need. Even something as simple as a meme or joke related to your subject will help remind you that you have something in common with every person in that group chat. It’s worth it all just to have that network (even if you only use it to make sure you’ve got the room right for your seminar!).