15 Signs You’ve Had An Unproductive Reading Week
It’s been a gruelling start to the semester living up to the expectation that you’re going to at least try to make it in to your six contact hours a week, so there’s no harm in taking a little breather now you’ve made it this far, right?
But perhaps you shouldn’t have treated Reading Week like Half Term…
1. You maxed out the amount of books you can take out the library purely to justify the trip after you went there and decided that work just wasn’t going to happen
But it’s fine because you reassured yourself that you’d be more productive during the rest of the week…
2. If you’re a joint honours student who only actually has a reading week in one of your subjects, you probably thought you really deserve the break so ended up taking the entire week off the other subject too
3. You convinced yourself that absolutely no work can begin until your room resembles a Laura Ashley showroom
4. After that burst of solid unproductive productivity, you decided that this week is about gains as well as grades and proceeded to hit the gym
Because achy limbs definitely counteract the three deadlines you have next week
5. Then the next thing you know you’ve consumed around 5000 calories in alcohol alone before soldiering through your 3am McDonald’s
Not forgetting that extra burger you’re never really sure about, because student card
6. And when your hangover turned out to be a million times worse than you were hoping, you decided the only remedy was a Spoons all day breakfast.
7. But at least no lectures means uninterrupted recovery nap time
8. You spent more time plotting intricate methods of hunting down whoever put a recall out on your library book than actually bothering to read the thing*
*that you may or may not were supposed to have finished by the end of week 2 anyway
9. Frantically taking photos of any slightly relevant-looking pages so you can catch up on them later
As if they’re not going to be the first thing deleted the second your phone says its storage is full
10. You thought you’d make the most of not having that pesky midday lecture by planning some days out
Then getting there and deciding it was a ridiculous idea and that schools half-terms were probably only invented to punish you for even considering venturing away from the library.
11. When you finally acknowledged that you had reached a critical panic point and decided to arm yourself with a co-op meal deal and not leave the library until your work was done
12. Only to realise that may have been slightly ambitious after finding yourself 2 hours in and only half a chapter down
You had to read every page at least five times just to be able to take in the vague gist of what it was about.
13. You thought at least once this week that you probably don’t deserve a degree based on the evidence that you clearly can’t read
14. You found it all a bit much and headed home for a few days where there “aren’t any distractions”
Except you ended up having quick catch-ups with friends from home and spent all your time either in the bath or on the sofa with your dog.
15. And as a result of putting off so much work you now have an all-nighter ahead of you
We’re so good at making decisions.
So through the breakdown that’s now in full swing, take some solace in knowing that yes, your degree/life might not have benefited from the choices you made this past week, but your Halloween costume probably banged. Stay strong.