15 Daily Struggles Every English Student Will Recognise
English students deal with a lot; having thousands of pages to read a week, analysing authors, and simply having to carry the books you need to lectures.
These are just a few of the struggles we face on a daily basis:
1. Doing any kind of maths whatsoever when you spend your life reading and writing words.
Even the basics are a struggle. How do you calculate a percentage again?
2. Being under the word count. Or over it. God help you.
There is no pain worse than being up at 3am trying to cut down 2100 words to 2000.
3. People asking what you’re going to do with an English degree after uni.
Ummm, teaching? Maybe?
4. Alternatively, people assuming you don’t know what you want to do with your life just because you’re doing English.
5. Trying to reference ANYTHING correctly.
Not only is it impossible, but it also adds another hour or so onto the end of your essay marathon.
6. Wishing you could read a book OF YOUR CHOOSING. FOR FUN.
7. Hoping you’ll be as successful as Stephen Fry, who also did an English degree. YOU CAN DREAM.
8. Constantly having to refrain from correcting people’s grammar to avoid being universally hated.
9. Wishing that your favourite fictional characters existed in real life.
Where’s my Mr Darcy? WHY DON’T I KNOW ANYONE LIKE KATNISS EVERDEEN?
10. Basically LIVING in the hellhole that is the library.
You may as well keep a spare set of clothes and/or toothbrush there given the amount of time you’re trapped within its walls.
11. Laughing by yourself at English jokes well into the night instead of finishing your dissertation.
12. Having to turn down invites because the stack of books on your bedside table has reached dangerous heights.
You’re in serious danger of not being able to finish those books in the next thousand years.
13. Or else, having to deal with the fact that you can’t see your floor anymore.
14. Spending stupid amounts of time waiting for Amazon deliveries.
You must be responsible for at least three quarters of their business.
15. And finally, the daily struggle to remind yourself that despite all this, you really do love your degree. Most of the time.
Our lives are harder than yours.