21 Things You’ll Understand If You’ve Been On a Placement Year at Uni
If you’ve done a placement year during your time at university, there are some things you’ll definitely understand.
1. The unanticipated stress of trying to organise your placement.
2. And the euphoria of actually succeeding.
3. Celebrating the fact that you won’t have to suffer coursework or exams for an entire year.
4. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be getting paid.
5. But quickly realising that the working world is no joke.
Not even when you’re only on a uni placement.
6. The awkward moment when you meet your manager for the first time.
And hope they don’t realise how inexperienced you are and fire you on the spot.
7. Going to your first meeting and struggling to pretend that you’re a “real” adult.
8. And suddenly realising just how much responsibility is on your shoulders.
9. The ritual of explaining who you are and why you’re there gets old real fast.
10. And commuting every day becomes the bane of your life.
11. As well as all the early starts.
You’d basically give anything for a 9am lecture these days.
12. All of the photos of your friends who aren’t on placements having fun at uni feel like a personal attack.
13. Especially now you’ve realised they’re going to graduate before you.
14. Feeling like you’re not getting anywhere in your placement and reflecting on your life choices.
15. Which makes finally earning even the smallest praise so much better.
16. The disappointment of discovering how little the placement year actually counts towards your final grade.
17. And the struggle of still having to work when everyone else has finished for summer.
18. Not really knowing how you feel about the prospect of going back to uni.
I want to be a student again but…I want to carry on earning money…but I also don’t want the responsibility of working…