Amanda, a British university student

Amanda Jenkins, 20, is a student at the University of Cardiff, her hometown, in Wales. 
Had a big arow with mum and dad today. They still treat me like I'm at school even though I'm 20 now. It's not my fault that I have to live at home. I would have loved to have gone to university in Scotland - Glasgow or St Andrew's - but there's no way we could have afforded it. Tuesday 16th March went to the job center today to look for a part-time job. I have to start saving some money for my future - after all, I'll have a £12,000 loan to pay off when I graduate. I've got interviews with McDonald's and a pub, so I can work after my lectures are finished. And then I can do more studying when I finish work. Wednesday 17th March went into the uni library to study, then went to see Kate and Ali in their flat. They're really lucky - I'm really jealous of my friends who have their own accommodation. But their rent's £120 a week! Thursday 18th March Another row with mum. To be honest, I think she resents me being here. She thinks that I'm too old to be living at home. It was OK when she was a student in the 70s. She got a grant from the government, so she had more freedom to choose her university and her accommodation. Anyway, I've got my interview at McDonald's tomorrow. Perhaps something will come of that.

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