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Drimble asks: When was it last brought home to you just how old you're getting? We last asked this in 2004, and you're eight years older now. Eight. Years.

(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 13:24)
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Just last week, funnily enough.
Now, any of you that know and lo/ath/ve me will know I'm probably the youngest member of this site. Just 17, just finished my AS levels. I'm hardly getting old, merely staring to stop being a kid (thankfully my physique got there about 2 years early). But the fact that I'm now deeply considering the content my UCAS application really makes it plain to me that I've got a wide world to go into, a whole adult life to lead ahead. There's a fair few things I still need to do to become a man (I'll leave you to guess what). Its not really foreboding, though it isn't really exiting either. I suppose its up to me how the process unfolds. Gotta get it right from now on. So yeah, Its the prospect of leaving home that is making me feel much less juvenile.
Nobody's interested, but one of the 7 courses ( I whittled it down from 1000's very rapidly!) I am considering applying to is PPE at a brilliant uni, which sort of demonstrates that I think I might grow up to be even more of a massive cuntprick.
(, Fri 8 Jun 2012, 23:53, 22 replies)
oh fuck off you little snit
I've got underpants older than you

(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 0:00, closed)
I bet
The stains on the aforementioned undies are older than him
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 0:48, closed)

(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 0:50, closed)
I've got to hand it to you, I think this is the most bizarre form of trolling I've ever seen.

(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 1:53, closed)
of the things to do to be a man
you will probably never have to wire a 3-pin mains plug. Ergo, you will never be a 'man' in some people's view.
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 1:58, closed)

(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 7:20, closed)
You won't really grow up till you get a job and properly leave home.

(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 15:22, closed)
Getting a job will probably be at uni, or depending how much time I have on my hands, at 22.
I'd like to do a Masters Degree as well.
Leaving home? Well I am not going to Wolvo or Staffordshire Uni's! Gotta do it anyway, next August.
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 16:40, closed)

it makes me feel old, when at 17 youve not yet had a job! What is it with the kids of today, I was working from age 12, for 30p a month, or some such.
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 16:50, closed)
Until you go out into the world and support yourself you're just putting off adulthood.
Also, good luck getting any kind of job at 22 with no experience.
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 17:09, closed)

(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 17:38, closed)
Kill yourself.

(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 17:44, closed)
Note... Wait. what?
No, I'm too selfish.
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 18:17, closed)
You really wanna hope that mater and pater
don't get wind of any of this or they'll cut you out of the trust and Tarquin & Jemimah will get everything.
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 23:00, closed)
Fuck No. I go to a state school, live in Wolverhampton, in a 2 Bed terraced house next to a council estate, and my dad's family are immigrants. Jesus, my family are as working class as they come!
(, Sat 9 Jun 2012, 23:08, closed)
Except that instead of working (you know, like most "working" class kids do once they leave school)
you're mooching off your parents in a bid to pursue a dead-end career path normally reserved for folk born and raised in the gated communities of Surrey.
(, Sun 10 Jun 2012, 23:43, closed)
Newsfalsh- Upward Mobility continues into 21st century!
My parents will be repaid in full in the future for any trouble. Just like tuition fees or living costs.
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 15:20, closed)
Doubtful that they'll be repaid in full, that isn't how parenting works at all.
Certainly not your fault though so don't let it worry you.

All the best with your studies, you'll have a blast at Edge Hill I'm sure.
(, Tue 12 Jun 2012, 13:46, closed)
Edge Hill isn't quite what I have in mind. Think 1994 Group or Russell Group.

(, Tue 12 Jun 2012, 17:23, closed)
You string a sentence together better than most 17 year olds.
Still not perfectly, mind: your punctuation is a bit off. Well done on it though.

The problem is that what you have written is really quite dull. Although you're having to consider your place in life and this time on the threshold of adulthood is fascinating and frightening to you, it's not interesting on its own. Your friends and family care, but only because they care about you. We don't, and we don't care about this either. It's not entertaining, insightful or thought-provoking.

The thing is, the emergence into adulthood and all the inner conflicts that we experience at your transitionary age are a rich source of stories and interest. There's a whole genre of fiction devoted to it: the bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story. Your post makes me sad, because you've squandered an opportunity. Amid the stories of middle-aged men coming home from clubs (obligatory last line, "I'm x!" where x is over 35), aged punks suspicious of youngsters wearing '80s band logos on their vintage leather jackets, and women defiantly proclaiming their love of hot chocolate, Radio 4 and slippers, you had the chance to say something genuinely different and you blew it by being boring.

There is a word describing you at the moment: callow. It's not intended as an insult, but it might give you a sense of what those people who are slating you in the comments are thinking.

Even if you can't come up with something interesting to say about your present situation, you *are* in a good position to entertain us with tales of your youthful foolishness and exuberance. We can live vicariously through you as you run around doing all the things we'd love to do but can't because we're not 18 anymore. Tell us some funny stories when you get to university. Tell us how you are making a tit of yourself in this last summer of freedom. Be funny, make us think, or be happy lurking on the sidelines.

And for God's sake don't do PPE! We have more than enough policy wonks ruining the country already.
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 22:59, closed)
Grooming alert
ruffling hair and grandfatherly advice ahoy. And puppies
(, Tue 12 Jun 2012, 11:55, closed)
I'm well aware of widespread pop culture interest in such tales.
I have plenty of laughs and good experiences of course, over my 4 previous teenage years. However, I am ultimately not very interesting.I don't see myself as unusual or special in any way, nor do I want to. I'm conservative, not some radical. I'm not looking to change the world, not bothered about being the next Hugh Hefner or Bill Gates, etc. I just want a productive well paying job, a few hot girlfriends, before marriage, a nice car and house in a nice area, lots of foreign holidays, with no financial or health worries, etc.
(, Tue 12 Jun 2012, 17:11, closed)

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