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22 Things You’ll Only Know If You’re One of Those Students Who Leave Work Until The Last Minute

Being a student can be difficult, especially when you have to balance uni work with all the things you’d rather be doing…

1. You can always find something you’d rather be doing than work. 

Wikipedia, Paint, staring at a wall – anything will do.

2. And your attendance isn’t great but you’re okay with that.

Because why bother reading for your seminars each week when you can just do a whole term’s work in a few panicked days?

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3. Really you should have a degree in how to make things harder for yourself. 

Because that’s all you ever do.

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4. But you literally can’t get anything done until you have “The Fear”. 

You won’t find the motivation to leave your bed and go to the library until you’re terrified you’ll actually fail if you don’t.

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5. People always wonder how you can act so chill most of the time. 

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6. Until you realise how much work you have and frantically run around trying to get things done.

And nearing a total breakdown.

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7. You simply don’t understand your friends who are in the library every day. 

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8. Because for you, everything has to be just right before you can start work.  

If you planned to start at 7pm and it’s now 2 minutes past, it’s not happening.

9. You will try anything to get out of your responsibilities. 

10. You’ll even tidy your room and do all the washing up before you’ll consider working. 

Last resort: productive procrastination.

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11. When things get tough you flit between complete denial and despair. 

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12. You’ve had the talk with your parents in an attempt to lower their expectations.

“You really can’t expect me to get a first when I have to write 5000 words in 24 hours.” “Have they asked you to do that?!?” “Yes….”

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13. And you spend a lot of time calculating what you need to get in all your assignments to get the grade you want in the end. 

14. You’ve literally never planned an essay before writing it.

Who has time to do that?? You just write what comes to you.

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15. You find yourself silently bonding with everyone you see in the library at 4am in exam week. 

You’re in this together, even though you have no idea who they are, they understand you.

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16. You’ve mastered the all-nighter and the strategic nap. 

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17. Your standards for how good you need to look before leaving the house have plummeted since you started university.

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18. And you definitely won’t have had a cooked meal in ages.

As if you have time for anything more than library vending machine food. You’ve got months of work to do in a couple of days.

19. Your prepared friends will never understand what it feels like to submit work just minutes – even seconds – before the deadline. 

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20. And you know never to read over your work after it’s handed in. 

Because it’s definitely terrible, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

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21. You’ve promised you won’t do this to yourself again more times than you care to remember. 

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22. But as soon as a big deadline passes, you’re back to Netflix and takeaways and avoiding work. 

It’ll get done in the end. It always does.

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