Of course, prodigious students have made early starts at universities for centuries, from William Pitt the Younger, who entered university aged 14 in and went on to become Britain's youngest prime minister, to Arran Fernandez who, in , was accepted by Cambridge to study maths at So, although I am definitely not a genius, I am proud of myself for having done so — and having survived my first year with the nickname Baby Fresher. But due to the fact that I went through the Scottish education system, I did begin my first year at university aged 17, a whole year younger than my English peers. A surprisingly large number of students do begin university under 18 however, and that number is steadily rising with applicant figures between and increasing from 12, to 14, How was I supposed to make a host of superficial fresher friends without the help of alcohol? I dread to think what it might be like starting even younger than we did. I couldn't even go to my own student union for a pint, let alone head out clubbing. Topics Students Blogging students.
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