21 All Too Familiar Stages of Writing Essays at University, As Told By ‘Modern Family’
It’s the same story every time.
1. You begin by convincing yourself that you don’t need to start just yet.
2. And roll your eyes at anyone who brags that they’ve nearly finished theirs.
3. Until the deadline is suddenly only a few days away and panic inevitably ensues.
4. It takes you a whole day just to write a plan.
A plan that you probably won’t even follow.
5. And every time you try to focus you get distracted very quickly.
Mainly by the prospect of food.
6. You seem incapable of working without also having Facebook open at the same time.
7. And keep messaging the group chat to check everyone else is struggling too.
Making you feel a whole lot better.
8. When you actually start reading for your topic, you find that it’s surprisingly pretty interesting.
9. But soon hit a brick wall when you reach the viewing limit on Google Books.
10. And discover that someone has requested the books you have and still desperately need.
11. You eventually have to resort to pulling an all-nighter to get shit done.
12. Which then results in you forgetting basic English around early morning.
13. And probably plagiarising a little bit, too.
14. By the time you’ve finished it, you’re too mentally and emotionally drained to actually be happy.
15. And do not want to respond to any questions about how it went.
16. Plus, you just know that the bibliography is going to take f o r e v e r.
17. So you just end up referencing books you’re no longer even sure you used.
18. You quickly read through your essay only to realise it doesn’t actually make sense.
19. And then submit it seconds before noticing yet another typo.
20. You wind up promising yourself that things will be different next time.
You’ll start much sooner, reference as you go along and you will read through it properly.