DuskVamp's forum posts

#1 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@zoozilla: @wrighteous86: Hey, way to downplay Cardiff! "but as a tourist, there's not too much. A few pretty cool castles, and Dr. Who stuff" who doesn't love castles and Dr Who? Plus we have dragons!

#2 Edited by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

My cheeks ache after listening to that song again, I had the biggest smile on my face through the whole thing! Thanks @drewbert, @vinny and @snide (if you still come by here) again, it was so unexpected, but amazing :) Is it weird that I actually find that song "romantic"?

Thanks to everyone for your support :) next step, me moving to the US! Scary times!

#3 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

I'm interested to see how this goes. I gave up on my guitars a few years ago and keep meaning to get back to it, I was thinking of selling them before moving to the US, but after watching the QL it's made me really want to try it out.

#4 Edited by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

In some parts of the US you can get a licence without even having a driving exam?? Now I'm not so shocked by the amount of cars I saw on the roads there that had been in accidents.

I passed the theory, hazard perception and driving test first time with very few faults. I improved my confidence on the roads by driving around a lot practically every night with my mum, so I could get used to the roads without them being too busy and daunting. My instructor gave me a tip for parallel parking, I think it was when the back of the parked car comes in to line with your rear passenger window start to turn in.

Now I'm wondering if I'll have to take another test when I move to the US.

Good luck!

#5 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@slag: Okay thanks, I'll have a look into getting in contact with some professors, thanks for all your advice!

#6 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@dcam: Thanks I'll have to check that out! I always wondered if there were any exams like that online, like with my exams now I can find past years exams to download and practice on.

@slag: I'm hoping that I'll find it less stressful having more frequent exams spread across the year. The stress piled on at the end of the year trying to revise the whole year and knowing that if you do bad now you'll just have to wait til next year to try again is awful. Plus I hear that you get your results a few days later, whereas here we have to wait over 2 months to get our results and then pay to get our papers back a further 2 months later to be able to see where we went wrong. I'm really hoping that the community college I'll be going to will have classes that I can then transfer to a university. Funny you mention Zoology because that is what I originally intended on studying in the UK, they have zoology classes at the community college I'll be applying to, so I shouldn't take them?

#7 Edited by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@raven10: I'll be finishing with 2 A levels and 1 AS (the first year of a 2 year A level) as you're correct about organic chemistry and it helped me fail my first year and have to re-sit it. I've been told that going straight to university, if I'm able to, would be more expensive and that it might be better to instead take 2 years of classes in a community college that will transfer to university and then 2 years in university. I think I would probably be a full time student because I don't want to prolong my studies any longer than I already have. I'm still not certain on career choices yet, so I don't know if I'll be taking any graduate degrees yet, plus the finances make that less of a possibility.

@towersixteen: That sounds like a really good program, I hope the community college I'm looking at going to will have something similar.

@epicsteve: In the UK the very most that any university can charge is £9000 a year. College, like community college tends to be free or have a small enrolment fee, mine being £15.

#8 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@humanity: College (not university) in the UK is quite similar in that it's like an extension of high school, since we finish high school at 16 you can't go straight to university so you have to go to college or "sixth form" to get the qualifications for university. In my current college your attendance has to be above 90% or you can be kicked out. I spoke to an International student advisor while I was visiting this summer and the fees are crazy, even if I were a resident they'd be high for me as I only had to pay £15 to enrol in college here. I've been saving and saving and selling all my stuff, my game shelves are looking rather lonely these days. So you've studied in Europe?

@colourful_hippie: I hate that I'm going to have to take maths and english again, I'm terrible at both and dropped my maths class last year because it actually made me break down in tears!

@nasar7: I've always wondered about that because you're right, in the UK if I take a biology degree in university then all my classes will be strictly biology. So in the US could I theoretically take "easy" non-biology related subjects just to earn credits and raise my GPA?

#9 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

I'm currently living in the UK studying biology and chemistry in college, which I've heard is the equivalent to community college in the US. Hopefully next summer I'll be moving to Chicago to be with @wrighteous86 and continue my studies there. I'm not sure that I'll have the qualifications to be able to go straight to university in the US, so may have to take some classes in a community college first.

I have some idea of what to expect; having to take more classes, unlike the 2 that I take now. Compulsory maths and english classes, more frequent exams throughout the year, credits and GPA's… It's all new, daunting territory for me.

I wanted to find out how you guys find the school system. Do you prefer having many shorter classes instead of fewer, long ones? Do you think it's better having exams spread across the year instead of just at the end of the year and do you think the work load is well spread out or is there a lot crammed in to each term/semester?

If anyone in the GB community happens to have studied in both the US and the UK I'd love to hear from you!


#10 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@joshwent said:

@retrometal: Cool! 2 big questions though...

What was the pain like during and after?

Can you now see in the dark like Riddick?

You don't feel anything while it's going on, or after. I'm not sure your eyes have nerves in them for them to feel pain. That being said, it's hard to see for a couple hours afterwards, which is why you need someone to drive you. Also, you must, must, must keep your eyes moist with the eye drops they give you, like use them every 30 minutes to an hour, because you get MASSIVE, painful, dry-eye if you don't.

As for seeing like Riddick, unfortunately, no.

I'm pretty sure eyes have pretty sensitive nerves, I've seen it being done on tv and was under the impression that they put anaesthetic drops in the eyes to numb them.