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20 Struggles You’ll Recognise If You’ve Ever Taken An Open Module at University

If you’ve ever studied an open module at university, there are some things you’ll definitely understand.

1. You inevitably have timetable clashes before the term even officially begins.

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2. So much so that you spend half of Welcome Week in the Undergraduate Office trying to befriend the course administrator.

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3. Your coursemates deliberately make you jealous because they have fewer scheduled contact hours than you.

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4. You turn up to the introductory lecture feeling as though you stick out like a sore thumb.

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5. And inevitably end up sitting alone because you don’t know anyone.

And you can’t really be bothered making an effort just for one lecture.

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6. The struggle when the lecturer doesn’t bother with background information.

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7. And you immediately start to question what you’re doing there.

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8. You know you could just ask but you don’t want to be that person who always puts their hand up in seminars to ask questions.

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9. So you sit in silence and nod along as if you understand everything being said.

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10. While praying on a weekly basis that your seminars get cancelled.

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11. When you’re forced to give an answer you’re always worried about being shot down.

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12. Because you’re painfully aware that everyone else has way more knowledge gained from other, similar modules on their course.

Which you don’t take, because you’re only doing this as an open module.

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13. Lecturers always try to make eye contact with you.

You can tell they’re wondering who you are and why you’re there.

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14. So you sit right at the back and pretend you don’t really exist.

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15. While feeling completely left out whenever someone makes course-related jokes.

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16. But laughing along anyway. Just in case.

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17. You have a genuine fear that you’re going to get the worst mark in the essays and the exam.

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18. While also worrying that your marks will suffer for your actual degree, too.

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19. You have to buy loads of textbooks that you know you’ll never use again. Ever.

Leaving you with no money and a really heavy bag.

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20. And you often wish you’d never even taken this module.

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But, then again, if all else fails, you do enjoy feeling a little superior to everyone else for going that extra mile and studying something aside from your main degree.

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