March 26, 2014 - submitted by Amber, United States of America

Q. How did the guys find time to rehearse and write music while at university? In the US, there is a lot of pressure to earn high marks (GPA), participate in many clubs, and volunteer for organizations. With all that, I find it hard to even play the guitar or piano by myself. I can't imagine trying to figure out how to make four separate school schedules work for band practice.

The Oracle replies:

I'm not saying that UK universities have a different attitude but the number of clubs or volunteering students take on isn't so much of a pressure. Here students have to fit in studying, working, participating and socializing (of course). Being in a band is, as with everything else, something you just make time for however you can. If you want something badly enough, you make it work. Sacrifices have to be made but it's possible - as Coldplay and many others have proved.