Today I was awarded the Student title in EVE University. Probably not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but for an up and coming capsuleer it feels like a special day. Getting the Student title doesn't take much here is the requirements listed from the Uni wiki:
* Freshman Title
* Minimum of six weeks (1 month and 15 days) in E-UNI (Note that the 6 weeks is an approx.)
* Character has positive security status
* Clear evidence of participation on the Forums, Wiki or Killboard
Before EVE University I had only been in one corporation. A group of gamers called Apex Consortium. Great group of gamers that play a bunch of games together. You can learn a little more about them here Apex Guild. Sadly however at the time I started playing they were also very new. I knew I needed to find a group of people who could teach me how to play this fantastic and complicated game.
Enter EVE University. I'm not sure where I heard about this group, but at some point their name got dropped and I decided to check it out. It took a week to get into the corp... a week of bored waiting around to talk to one of their recruiters. Finally my interview came and I was accepted.
Uni was a great place to make mistakes and learn from them. From my first fleets to my first squad command. There are always lots of knowledgeable players online who can answer any questions.
The coolest thing I've seen since being in Uni is all of the guest lecturers. I've listened to Seleene, Noir Hellscream, and The Mittani give guest lectures over teamspeak. Usually with open QA. Here I am a complete newb in a training corp and I get to meet some of EVE well-known names.
I recommend anyone who is just starting to get play or maybe has a friend who is new, point them to the Uni. Its a great stepping stone, there are people to help you, free skillbooks, ship replacements, weekly classes, guest speakers, and people from every time zone. Last time I checked Uni had 1400 members. Give it a go and I think you'll be impressed, its too bad every game doesnt have an E-Uni